Ligisa Luo avaMany indigenous tribes around the world use traditional techniques of beadwork to decorate their headpieces, bags, and to make jewelry. And African peoples – Kenyans among them – are also extremely skilled in beading. They create wonderful headdresses covered with beadwork patterns. Another typical feature of Kenyan accessories is that these people have learned to use any available material to make the needed pieces of clothing in their hot and resources-poor environment. That’s why such materials as wood, plant fibers, car tires, animal hides, and bird feathers are traditionally used to make shoes, headdresses, bags, belts, etc.

A ZTraditional pieces of the male and female national costumes in Morocco: abaya, baboush, balgha, burka, burnoose, cheich, deraa, dfina, djellaba, fez, gandora, haik, hijab, kaftan, melhfa, niqab, tagelmoust, tarbouche, tahruyt, tahtia, takshita, taqiyah, and qandrissi.

cosplay skateboarder avaThe cosplay skateboarder became a real YouTube star recently. He’s a Chinese young man making lovely skateboard performances dressed in traditional clothes and other striking costumes. When skateboarding, he wears Chinese traditional outfits, various cosplay costumes, military uniforms, Chinese opera costumes, and even women’s everyday hanfu (female flowing skirts look wonderful when he does tricks) – a whole variety of different eye-catching ensembles. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should watch this video asap.

Tunisian jebba avaThis opulent robe adorned with traditional embroidery looks regal and respectful. It adds a man the atmosphere of dignity and wealth. This folk garment is one of the oldest Tunisian pieces of clothes, and its cut, decorations, and appearance can tell a lot about the wearer, as they depend on the region of origin of a person. Artisans from different areas of Tunisia know their unique secrets of making jebbas that are passed from one generation of craftsmen and craftswomen to the next. Tunisian men’s jebbas are so beautiful and comfy outfits that the local men wear them even today.

Mexican museum avaMexican folk clothing culture is very interesting particularly because this country was populated by Mayan, Aztec, and Inca people once, and they have left a large cultural influence on Mexico. The local aboriginal groups had very specific and unique cultures that enchant us centuries after their disappearance. You can find old artifacts that belong to different Mexican indigenous peoples, samples of their clothes, jewelry, ceremonial objects, etc in Mexican folk museums. It’s a pity, there are too few such museums in Mexico.

Riding coat avaIn the 1700s, most noblewomen could ride a horse, but just imagine how hard it was to do it wearing a corset, a floor-length skirt, and other articles of clothes typical for that period. If women used bustles and crinolines, they wouldn’t be able to do horse riding at all. But even those simpler outfits were by far not the most convenient garments. So, in the mid-17th century, a specific ensemble appeared in women’s wardrobe called a “riding habit”. It was popular until the late 19th century, evolving and changing due to the latest fashion trends. And one of the main garments of a riding habit was a riding coat – very elegant and attractive outerwear.

Korean modern hanbokModern Korean hanbok is very fashionable attire. It is one of the rare traditional outfits that change constantly and is modernized like no other. Most national costumes remain practically the same since the late 19th – early 20th century, but not the Korean hanbok. It even adopted a row of features and innovations from Western-style clothing throughout the last century. For example, originally, Korean folk clothes didn’t have pockets, buttons, or zippers, but today, most modern folk garments are equipped with them. All this makes Korean national attire unique and worth studying because the history of a hanbok teaches us how to modernize the traditional clothes to suit our today’s needs.

Adidas Mummy avaSeveral years ago, Mongolian archaeologists found a mummy of a woman dated 1,100 years old wearing very stylish shoes that survived all these years and were in pretty good condition. The shoes had leather soles and the upper part was decorated with red&black stripes, similar to those on branded Adidas shoes. Of course, those weren’t the first Adidas sneakers ever, but it’s funny how they do look alike. Just compare them!

Lebanese avaMost people around the world know too little about Lebanese national costumes. And that’s a pity, as some of the Lebanese folk garments are really interesting. A lot of Middle Eastern historians and ethnographers think that some Lebanese fashion trends and clothing traditions even influenced European traditional fashion. Some people consider that a Lebanese headdress called “tantour” inspired 19th-century women to wear hennin-like headgear – similar high conical headpieces.

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.