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Igorots avaThe culture of the Philippines is rich and diverse. Today, we’ll talk about the traditional clothing of the Philippines and, in particular, about each garment separately. Let’s find out what did the Filipinos wear in the past and which folk garments they prefer today. Also, we’ll touch upon such topics as the traditional attire of Filipino Muslims, local tribal outfits, and other interesting folk clothes.

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Hair washing avaWe, modern people, are so used to shampoos that we can’t imagine life without them. But in Medieval days, there were no shampoos. What did they use? How could they cope with the dirt and grease in the hair? The answer is simple: Medieval people had as much hair care products as we do, but they made all these ointments, decoctions, and brews by themselves. There were hundreds of recipes – and often ridiculous ones – of natural means for hair care.

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Croatia avaHere you are photos of the traditional costumes of several European countries: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Macedonia, and Norway. You’ll see the typical folk outfits of these countries. Men, women, and children in beautiful garments.

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Ancient Egypt avaWe know a lot about Ancient Egypt and its fashionable clothing, jewelry, and makeup from the movies, pictures, and books. But how do you think, have you seen and heard everything there is to know? Of course, not. There are still curious facts about the traditional attire and style of Ancient Egypt that we are glad to share with you. For instance, ever wondered why wigs were so popular in Ancient Egypt? Or are you aware that on some Egyptian statues, the beards are removable and why?

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Carding wool avaThe process of producing handmade home-spun cloth is long and labor-intensive. There are many steps along the way: from choosing the right fleece to carding to spinning to weaving, etc. But while spinning or weaving is a well-known process, carding – not so much. Carding can be hard and incomprehensible for a newbie, but we’ll try to explain and show how to do it as best as we can. And the craftswoman who made the tutorial in carding wool for longdraw spinning is Lois Swales, a specialist in Medieval spinning.

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Taiwan clothing avaTaiwan is a country that’s considered to be the place of origin for Austronesian people. 14 different tribes live in Taiwan, each preserving its ancient traditions, including the clothing traditions. Some of their folk costumes differ dramatically from others, but all of them are colorful, rich in adornments, and unique. We’d like to convince you in this by showing you the traditional outfits of several Taiwanese tribes.

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Crinoline avaA lot of people think that dresses with the crinoline cage look elegant and noble. The crinoline is used even in modern fashion, but you really can’t imagine a 19th-century gown without this cage. Today, we will talk about the crinoline cage in detail: how to use it and feel comfy? did it really cause traumas and deaths of the women? why did men hate the crinoline? Also, we’d like to share some interesting facts and stories from the history of this extraordinary petticoat.

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Kimono avaThe traditional costume of Japan, the kimono, is an elegant garment that makes a woman look her best. With their wide variety of seasonal designs, kimonos reflect Japan's rich natural beauty. The cut of a kimono is very simple, but at the same time, this garment is sophisticated and beautifully embellished. A big role in the design of modern kimonos played the 17th-century prohibition against displays of luxury. Because of these bans against laborious kimono embroidery and tie-dyed fabrics, the design of this gorgeous Japanese garment has changed big way.

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Lady Mary avaThe Downton Abbey, popular British historical series, shows some great and very accurate examples of Edwardian and post-Edwardian clothing, hairdos, and accessories. The stylists of the series did a good job of creating the characters’ outfits. And one of them is Lady Mary Crawley. Let’s look at a pretty cute reproduction of one of her daytime costumes. Also, we’ll talk a little about the makeup and hairstyles of the Edwardian period.

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Tibetan style embroidery avaWhy are many folk crafts dying these days? One of the reasons is that handmade products are more expensive than factory-made, mass-produced things, so people tend to buy cheaper clothes and décor. But handmade products are unique and certainly much more interesting than manufactured ones. That’s why lots of people around the world make a business on handicrafts. In Tibet, there is a company that specializes in Tibetan traditional embroidery and is very profitable. It earns about $163,000 per year.

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Meisen kimono avaThe majority of people know about the kimono – national costume of Japan. There are classic kimono designs, colors, and patterns that are used in the formal kimonos. But today, we’re going to take a look at some very different designs from the ordinary traditional Japanese kimonos. These days, about a hundred years after they were first created, they are enjoying a resurgence of popularity. These garments are called the “Meisen kimonos”.

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Victorian dress avaThe visiting outfits of Victorian ladies were fancy and opulent. A lot of decorative elements and trimmings were used to adorn the dresses. Today, we’ll look at a modern dress made in Victorian style. Such clothing was worn in 1868-1872. This particular attire is a replica of the dress made by a French fashion designer Emile Pingat.

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Khadi fabric avaThe khadi cloth is very popular in India today. In 2017, about 460,000 of people in India were involved in the khadi production. And every year, the demand on this fabric rises – for instance, the sales of khadi cloth rose by 33% in 2017 compared to 2016. This fabric is natural and comfy, being based on cotton, with the addition of silk and wool. That’s why the khadi fabric is perfect for any weather – lightweight khadi is worn by Indians in summer and warm cotton+wool khadi is used in winter. Let’s find out the details and secrets of weaving the khadi cloth.

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African clothing store avaThe Hollywood movies often play an important role in the popularizing… just about anything, from cars to gadgets, from clothing and accessories to hairdos and makeup. Lately, we got a great example of such influence: the movie Black Panther, released in 2018, caused a real boom for folk clothing business in the US. The small stores that sell traditional African outfits and accessories received a 70-80% increase in foot traffic. And all because people buy African-style clothes to create the atmosphere for movie watching parties.