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Palestine avaThe craft of embroidery in Palestine underwent big changes in the mid-20th century. Why? What geopolitical events were so serious that they influenced the traditional craft that used to be established and changeless for centuries before. Let’s find out. Also, let’s see how the Palestinian needlework has changed and what it looks like today. It’s great that young women in this country and in the diaspora abroad are still interested in traditional embroidery and other crafts. Yes, they alter the patterns and color palette, but they don’t give up doing it. That is how folk art survives in the 21st century.

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Greek shoes avaGreek men’s folk costume is very unique comparatively to many other national outfits around the world. Just look at the pleated fustanella skirt (Traditional male attire in Greece often includes fustanella) and you’ll understand what we mean. Another interesting part of Greek male attire is the traditional shoes with large fluffy pom-pons. In the past, thousands of men wore this footwear, but they are used even in the 21st century. Soldiers of the Greek Presidential Guard wear tsarouchi shoes, along with the rest of the folk costume.

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1640 avaThis time, we’ll look at the outfits of middle-class women in Europe in the mid-17th century. How were these garments different from the clothing of previous years? What trends did appear in the 1640s? Is it true that many female pieces of clothes derived from men’s garments and fashionable tendencies? Let’s find out. The 1640s is a period when a lot of garments got their names or were re-named, and if a lady wanted to appear well-educated and up-to-date, she needed to know these terms. Like “secrete”, “frippone”, and “modeste” petticoats and the like.

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Palestine1 avaPalestinian traditional embroidery called “tatriz” can be very different in different regions of the country. Some areas prefer a certain color, others use typical symbolic patterns, or even hide embroidered clothes underneath plain cloaks. Palestine is a comparatively small country but its cultural and historic heritage is huge. And one of the main folk clothing crafts here is needlework. So, let’s try to highlight the major characteristic features of several Palestinian regions here.

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Anne ava3This is the last one of a series of articles dedicated to the movie costumes of “Anne with an E” TV drama. Let’s analyze the outfits of the major character Anne Shirley-Cuthbert and her fellow schoolgirls. What garments were popular among the young girls in the late 19th – early 20th century in Europe, America, and Canada? When did young women start to wear corsets? What outerwear, headdresses, accessories were worn by schoolchildren during this period? It’s really interesting how much modern schoolgirls’ fashion trends differ from the ones generally accepted by our society 100 years ago.

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Indigo avaOnly one small district in Central Ukraine has authentic shirts adorned with indigo blue embroidery. They were made with threads dyed with a rather expensive natural dye – indigo, obviously. What’s so interesting about these garments? Except for the blue color of needlework, which was not typical for Ukraine, indigo is a very resistant dye and the threads don’t lose their bright color after many washings and sunlight influence. This allows for indigo blue embroidered shirts to be used for years and years, as these were festive garments worn only for special occasions.

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Anne ava2This is another material dedicated to the stage costumes used in a new Canadian TV series called “Anne with an E”. Here, we will talk about the typical fashionable outfits from the period – the turn of the 20th century. Which underpinnings did women wear? What did their dresses, hairstyles, hats, and other accessories look like? And how did the costume designers incorporate that era’s fashion trends in the movie costumes of this series? You’ll see beautiful authentic garments from museum collections that gave inspiration to the wardrobe team.

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Bolivia avaCholita traditional outfit in Bolivia has come a long way from a dress worn by the poorest indigenous women to a respectable and costly status attire. The modern young girls turn to cholita costume more and more often and spend hundreds of dollars on authentic garments produced by the local artisans from local materials. And that’s a great example of the folk dress becoming fashionable and trendy clothing. Well done, Bolivia!

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Anne ava1This TV series might not be extremely popular worldwide but it’s fresh, melodramatic, and displays rather period-accurate costumes. If you haven’t seen it yet, give it a try. There are 3 seasons displaying the changes in fashion at the turn of the 20th century. Anyway, in this article, we’ll analyze a lot of the movie costumes you can see in this show, including the outfits of some major and minor characters, folk costumes of Mi’kmaq ethnic group (indigenous Canadian people), and various hairstyles demonstrated in the series.

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Medieval avaThe medieval period was a time of artfully made clothes, bright and colorful garments, fancy styles of attire, and gorgeous adornments. That’s when a lot of rules that regulated fashion were created. For instance, the concept that every social class had its own peculiarities in attire and a person couldn’t just ignore these rules. If you wore garments that were too fancy or too expensive for your class, for your status, you were punished. But there was a bright side to medieval fashion – the period outfits were really elegant and beautifully embellished, even garments of the poor looked good due to their nice cut and design.

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jewels avaIn Buryat traditional culture, jewelry pieces play a very important role. A women’s folk costume can’t go without at least several silver&coral jewels; in some cases, there are up to 10-12 items. Add to that the fact that Buryat jewelry is massive, heavy, and artfully made and you’ll get the full picture. The folk jewels often determine the whole look of a woman in Buryat traditional apparel. These people even turned personal hygiene tools (tongs, manicure set, or ear pick) and household tools (needle, knife, or fire striker) into elaborate jewelry items. And they look fascinating!

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Poltava avaWe’ve written about Ukrainian whitework embroidery recently, but, obviously, some fine examples of these patterns are always in situ. So, here you are a number of photos, including many close-ups, of this unusual needlework technique. The shirts adorned with whitework look sophisticated and pristine, don’t they? These garments are vintage embroidered shirts from Central Ukraine, the late 19th – first half of the 20th century.

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corset avaWhen did women start to wear corsets? How did the first corsets look like? How did they bone them? Was the shape of Renaissance corsets any different from modern pieces? Let’s find answers for these and some other questions about the 16th-century corsetry. This garment was popular among European women for centuries and had several names, including “corset”, “stays”, “pair of bodies”, you name it. And the history of this item is fascinating.

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Batik avaThe batik cloth is a big part of Indonesian traditional culture. But what’s so special about it? How does it differ from any other fabrics around the world? Let’s find out a bit more about the batik and its role in the life of Indonesians. Why is this cloth still used in everyday life when a lot of handmade fabrics and folk clothing made from them are so rare and ousted by modern industrially-produced garments? Batik fabric is extremely popular in Asia and the Pacific region even in the 21st century. More than that, it’s widely used in some African countries as well.