Opasek avaThese beautiful and functional broad leather belts were used throughout the Carpathian area in several countries – Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, etc. They were a perfect accessory for men in the highlands. Such belts protected the body, served as back support, were used to carry money and small objects, and even were believed to have some mystical protective capabilities. And also, the design of wide leather belts was extremely artful and decorative – it’s one of the prettiest male accessories ever.

Bridgerton avaA fresh period drama named “Bridgerton” came out at the very end of 2020. It’s been a while since we watched a good movie with rather historically-accurate stage costumes. So, let’s look at them in Bridgerton and see which of 7 500 pieces of clothes made for this series were beautiful and accurate and which not-so-great. We’ll analyze the costumes of Bridgertons, Featheringtons, Simon Basset and his mentor Lady Danbury, and a few other outfits.

Anterija avaIn Bosnia and Herzegovina, there is a very beautiful and ornate folk garment called “anterija”. It is an opulent overdress adorned with a lot of embroidery and decorations. The sleeves of an anterija are especially eye-catching and striking. Let’s take a closer look at this charming piece of traditional clothes. There are male anterija as well, and they are pretty and richly embellished, but female anterija overdresses are the most impressive garments. And in this material, we’ll talk only about women’s anterija.

museums avaWe write a lot about the traditional clothes and clothing crafts of Ukraine on this website, but it’s always better to see once than to hear one hundred times, so here is a detailed list of various folk museums in Ukraine. You can visit these exhibitions and witness in person, have a closer look, or even ask the museum curators about garments and clothing traditions you’re interested in. When you’re traveling, drop by a folk museum of the country you’re in and find out more about its culture.

fishskin jacket avaHave you ever heard about clothing made from fishskin? That’s right. It’s possible. And many Arctic ethnic groups often used such an odd material to create waterproof clothes and accessories, like pouches, bags (even rather large ones), mitts, shoes, etc. These items look bizarre and unusual. And also, just imagine how hard it is for museums to preserve, mend, and exhibit fishskin folk garments. Obviously, very few vintage fishskin pieces of clothes reached our time.

Spadok5 avaAuthentic Ukrainian women’s clothing was designed perfectly because a female could wear it for years. She didn’t need special maternity clothes, her garments fit nicely through the whole pregnancy. Want to know how so? We offer you 4 wonderful video clips showing how a married woman dressed step by step in Ukrainian traditional attire over a century ago. All the clothing pieces are original, from the late 19th – early 20th century, and designed for special occasions.

vintage cradle avaFor most cultures, children are the most treasured members of the community and, at the same time, they’re most vulnerable. So, people have always looked for ways to protect their babies, not only physically but also using various amulets, protection symbols, and so on. Such symbols can be found on baby clothes, toys, and, of course, on cradles. Here you are a number of baby cribs from several different cultures and different periods (from the 16th to early 20th century). Compare them and see for yourself how much people cared for their kids to create such beautiful and unique baby cradles.

chaperon avaA medieval chaperon is a very practical and handy accessory. It’s a pity we don’t use it these days, as this garment looked cute and protected the wearer’s head, neck, and shoulders perfectly. This headdress was possibly one of the most functional headpieces for bad weather. Sure thing – it was invented in the Middle Ages, a period when the climate on our planet was a lot colder than today, so warmth was everything for people. Let’s see what cut was typical for a chaperon and how it was modified through the years.

Spadok4 avaIn the 19th – early 20th century, Ukrainians wore mostly handmade and hand-embellished clothing. That’s why every outfit from this period is unique, you literally won’t see two identical costumes. Every garment preserved in numerous Ukrainian museums and private collections is treasured by the locals. These 3 videos show the folk outfits of young unmarried girls (usually, they got married at the age of about 16-20). You’ll see that even rather young maidens already had costly and ornate clothing and dressed impressively bright.

chupalla avaMen in Chile traditionally use a charming wide-brimmed straw hat called “chupalla”. It is a lot smaller, lighter, and comfier than, for example, a sombrero, a hat worn in several South American countries. The chupalla looks good, is very functional, and adds a specific Chilean charm to the local males. Today, it is usually seen on folk performers during different folk festivals and national celebrations, but some cowboys and men from rural areas still wear a chupalla in day-to-day life.

Bunda avaThis cute shepherd’s outerwear is rather typical for Slavic countries, especially the mountainous territories. It is called “bunda” or “suba” in Hungary; “hunia” in Ukraine; “sarică” or “bituşca” in Romania; “gunj” in Montenegro, etc. This large, heavy, and very warm sheepskin coat – or rather cloak – used to serve as clothing, a blanket, a bedcover, and a raincoat all at the same time. Today, few people in Hungary still wear it. But its unique appearance makes bunda an important part of Hungarian folk culture.

Byzantine painting avaThe Byzantine Empire was a huge and powerful state in 395-1453. Its clothing traditions are rich and interesting to learn about. Let’s look today at the women’s costume, with its typical garments, peculiarities, decorative elements, and unique features. What jewelry and accessories did Byzantine women use? For example, why didn’t they typically wear necklaces? Were females officially allowed to go out bare-headed? What fabrics were most common and why? We will try to answer all these questions and more.

chamanto avaIn Chile, both men and women wear a charming and very South American garment called “chamanto”. This outerwear has a significant role in Chilean traditional culture. We’re not talking only about the cut and design of this poncho-like garment but also about the ornamentation on it. The patterns woven into the fabric depict the unique local flora and fauna. Despite chamanto being a not very feminine and sophisticated garment, it performs the main function of Chilean clothing pieces perfectly – keeps the body warm in the cool and windy mountainous climate of this country.

Male costume ava2Leathercraft is one of the oldest handicrafts on Earth. And it is still a part of our life because we use a lot of leather and fur in our clothing. At the same time, we have many other choices, while our ancestors didn’t – they wore outerwear, shoes, and other indispensable accessories made from leather, skins, fur, and wool. This was the only way to survive. So, they learned to create masterpieces from such simple materials, and everything by hand only, with some primitive tools to help. These people were extremely skillful in leathercraft.