Surcoat avaMost medieval main and outer garments were rather similar-looking. They had the cut of a tunic or dress, with long sleeves, a round neckline, knee-length or ankle-length, and so on. A surcoat is one of such garments but it is sleeveless, which is a very specific feature. Also, this piece of clothing originally was worn by the military men over their armor. But was it only that? Did civilian men and did women wear a surcoat? And if so, what difference in design could there be? Let’s try to answer these questions because a surcoat is a very curious and charming medieval outer garment.

body lice avaHow do we know when humans started to use clothing made from fabric? How did scientists determine this important change in our history? That’s a great story, even though a bit gross. We have found out a lot about human clothing history from tiny blood-sucking insects called “body lice” or “Pediculus corporis”. Disgusting, isn’t it? But sometimes, the most unpleasant things can give you the most useful and wonderful knowledge.

Peru chullo avaThe Andean regions of South America have a rather harsh climate. It’s often cold and windy there. That’s why the local indigenous people traditionally wear hand-woven clothes made from alpaca, llama, or sheep wool. One of such pieces of folk clothing is the chullo hat – a unique and funny hat with earflaps and bright woven patterns covering the whole surface of a hat. They seem very modern-looking, though these headdresses have been used by Peruvians, Bolivians, Chileans, and other South American peoples for centuries.

Headgear1 avaUkrainian married women traditionally covered their heads. This tradition takes roots in the ancient times – Scythian (585-260 B.C.), Sarmatian (450 B.C. - 400 A.D.), females of various Slavic tribes and the Kyivan Rus’ (882-1240 A.D.) all wore some kind of wimples or veils covering their hair. And Ukrainian women continued this tradition until the beginning of the 20th century. Obviously, there were some tricks and secrets of wearing different folk headdresses. We’d like to share a few of them with you.

Brown Skin Girl avaAfrican folk culture is unique and so different from Western-style clothing traditions. Not only the national clothing differs, but authentic African hairstyles look wonderful. And, of course, they should be treasured as a significant part of African traditional culture. We can find a variety of spectacular and impressive African traditional hairdos in a 2020 official music video by Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, WizKid – Brown Skin Girl.

Burqa avaThe Yemeni folk clothing culture is very diverse and interesting. As usual, female traditional outfits are much more eye-catching, elaborately decorated, and bejeweled than male folk costumes. Especially the traditional headdresses of Yemeni women in rural areas – they’re striking! But let’s find out what are the main traditional garments worn by men and women in Yemen, how they look like, and whether they’re totally unique or typical for the Arab culture.

Pet en lair jacket avaThe clothing in the 1700s was very elaborate, decorative, and good-looking. Especially the outfits of the ladies from this era. One of such beautiful garments was the pet-en-l'air jacket – the name is as intricate as the design, isn’t it? This was a less formal piece of clothes than different other 18th-century garments. What else do we know about it? How did it look like? And why was it considered informal? Let’s find out.

Marie Antoinette avaIn this article, you’ll read about 70 lovely ensembles worn by Marie Antoinette in a cognominal movie. Some of their features (like the cut, style, and decorations) are rather accurate reconstructions of the original Marie’s 18th-century garments, others (for example, colors of the fabric) aren’t as accurate. That’s because the makers of this film wanted to modernize Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, a little. Anyway, it’s really fun to look at the variety of Marie’s costumes, their beauty and charm, and to learn more about the fashion trends of the late 1700s.

salong avaLao men dress in the national outfit for various special occasions, like weddings, national celebrations, ceremonies, contests, and similar events. The male costume of Laos looks charming. It can be as colorful and bright as women’s attire, with plenty of decorative elements and accessories – forget about black pants and a white shirt! Lao folk trousers called “salong” can be pink, green, blue, red, burgundy, yellow, brown, etc. Besides, the design of these traditional pants is very interesting and Asian-style.

uncu tunic avaThe Inca culture is mysterious and unique. It is not fully studied as yet, the archaeologists and historians find new facts and artifacts from time to time. But this civilization captivates the minds of many researchers and fashion historians. We know by far not enough about the outfits worn by Inca people. So, let’s look at one of the known Inca pieces of clothes – male tunics called “uncu” and learn what we can about it. Just so you know, this was one of the main garments of Inca men.

Vin Weaving2 avaBritish textile industry in the 18th and 19th centuries was brutal compared to our modern computerized textile manufacturing. At the time, the fabrics were handmade, starting from growing plants and breeding animals to get the fibers, processing these fibers, spinning the yarn, weaving it into cloth, and sewing clothes from it. It was hard work, manufacturers used child labor and women’s labor because these were low-paid workers, they worked 12-14 hours, often in bad or even dangerous conditions. But Great Britain desperately needed their input in the industry to develop and thrive.

umutsha avaMany indigenous African tribes have a tradition to adorn their clothes, jewelry, and accessories with beads. Beadwork is a significant part of African folk culture. And Zulu people are among those communities very skilled in beading. One particular lovely accessory of Zulu cultural heritage is a beaded belt called “umutsha”. It’s sad that a large amount of knowledge about the symbolism of umutsha belts is already lost. But these beautiful, artful belts need to be preserved and remembered.

Iggy Azalea avaIt’s very easy to find Indian traditional clothing in movies and video clips because these outfits are extremely cheerful, colorful, ornate, and beautiful. Not only women of Indian origin love wearing a sari but practically any woman would like to try this lovely attire. Here’s an example – Iggy Azalea, Australian singer, wears a row of sarees in her video “Bounce”. Also, you can see choli blouses, male turbans and sherwani coats, various Indian traditional jewelry, and other Indian folk garments in this video.

Yarn avaWhat kind of thread did people use to make clothing in Middle Age Europe? Of course, all of these threads were handmade, same as the clothes. But what else do we know about medieval sewing threads? There are very few surviving examples that can tell us something about this era’s threads – it would be really great if museums did more research and publications on this topic, by the way. Still, some info is available, so let’s try to gather and structure it.