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Berber weaving avaAmazigh visual arts are very interesting for the scholars and culturologists today because the Berber crafts of weaving and embroidering traditionally are deeply symbolic and centuries-old. Besides, the folk patterns, colors that are commonly used, and the weaving loom itself haven’t changed much since at least the 14th century or even earlier. The Amazigh culture is one of the most preserved in the world, despite the fact that today most of the Berber textiles and jewels are produced for tourists rather than for their own use. And this culture is really amazing.

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RuralEngland avaThe Victorian era in England lasted from 1837 to 1901. It was the period of political and social reforms and the Industrial Revolution. By the way, due to the Industrial Revolution, there was a tendency of people moving to big cities where workers were always needed. And in rural areas, life was poor and hard. These photos will help you see the real life in rural Victorian England in the mid-19th century. Ordinary people often wore worn clothing, patched and full of holes. But, of course, there were wealthier landlords, with their toppers, nice suits, and white shirts.

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Fashion 1600s ava2The life and history of several European countries in the 17th century were connected and, thus, their fashion trends were similar. France, England, and Spain. All of them were powerful colonizers and wealthy states in Europe. And fashion always is influenced by politics, culture, and lifestyle of a certain period. So, what did the European aristocracy wear in the 1600s and why? What silhouette, hairstyle, and clothing pieces were the most fashionable? And how did the 17th-century fashion influence our modern clothes and style?

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Pants avaToday, pants or trousers is a must in any wardrobe, male or female. But it wasn’t always like that. For instance, 2-3,000 years ago, neither women nor even men wore pants in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Moreover, trousers were banned. Later, Russian tsar Peter I forced his subjects to wear pants. And during the French Revolution people were hung for wearing one kind of trousers and not the other. Fortunately, these days, most people around the world are able to choose themselves if they want to wear pants and what kind of pants to use. But this article will help you to learn more about the trousers’ history and specifics.

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Chain making avaA lot of gold jewelry making techniques haven’t changed much throughout the centuries. And this one is among them. Let’s have a look at the chain making so-called “loop-in-loop” technique. It was used thousands of years ago and it is still used by the jewelers today. You can easily compare a modern handmade gold chain with the chains produced by jewelers in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Isn’t it exciting?

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sari lehenga avaLehenga is a very beautiful Indian skirt used by many women in different regions of India. As you know, the national female garment in this country is the sari. And there are plenty of various ways of draping the sari. So, Indian women found out a way to combine the exquisiteness of sari and the feminine silhouette of lehenga. Both of these articles of clothing look pretty and elegant separately but combine them and you’ll get something really outstanding.

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Puritan avaThere are many myths regarding the Puritans and Puritan “fashion” (I used quotes because Puritans actually didn’t approve of fashion in general). But what clothes did they use and why? What hairdos did they prefer? What fabrics and adornments did they consider appropriate? What did ladies do when their old gowns were too revealing for their new ideals and they didn’t want to spend more money on wardrobe renovations? Let’s find out. In this article, we will talk mostly about the Puritan outfits of Europe in the 1600s.

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Belle Époque avaThe Belle Époque is a period from the Franco-Prussian War (1871) to the beginning of World War I (1914). European fashion in this era was blooming and developing. Historically, it was the time of economic prosperity, technological and cultural innovations, and the flourishing of arts. So, all of this was reflected in the European fashion. Let’s look at the old photos of these feminine and elegant women from the Belle Époque and try to imagine their lifestyle and daily routine. Was it as pretty as their outfits, hairstyles, and jewelry are?

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great kilt ava2Most people who’ve ever seen a movie about Scotland (like “Outlander” or “Braveheart” or “Rob Roy”) noticed the outstanding local garment called the “great kilt” or “belted plaid”. It is a large piece of plain or tartan fabric, wrapped around the man’s body, and belted to keep it in place. But what do you really know about this outfit? It is so simple and so complicated at the same time. There are several different ways of wearing the plaid, depending on the weather, your needs, and the situation.

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Samurai armor avaA lot of historically valuable costumes are kept in museums around the world. And often, they are not just displayed and stored but also reconstructed and conserved. Are you curious about how the process of conservation is done? Because we are. And today, we’d like to show you how specialists from The Victoria & Albert Museum in London are doing the conservation of an old Japanese doll in full samurai armor. At the same time, you’ll be able to examine this samurai attire in detail.

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Fashion 1600s avaLet’s have a look at the European fashion at the beginning of the 17th century. During the Early Baroque era, the male costumes were much more ornate and decorative than female ones. Though, this period is pretty nice and comfortable because people didn’t fall to the extreme ends – women’s clothing was feminine and flowing, while men’s outfits looked comparatively masculine, though they were richly embellished. But you’ll see what I mean on examples.

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Gentleman avaWe’ve published an article about the lady’s 1840s clothing earlier. And today, let’s have a look at the gentleman’s outfit from the same period. In the end, you will see the couple together. If you’re wondering, what underpinnings men used in the mid-19th century, what style and design their outer garments had, and what accessories complemented their attire, then this article is just for you. We will answer all of these questions and more. Intrigued? Come on in!

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Hungarian avaAt the beginning of the 20th century, Hungary was still a part of the Austria-Hungary or the Austro-Hungarian Empire. And only in 1918, Hungary got its independence. Here is a collection of 30 photos of graceful and sophisticated Hungarian women, caught on camera. Note the diversity of their outfits, headgear, and hairstyles. On some photos, you can also discern the delicate jewelry pieces worn by these ladies.

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CF avaWe’ve already published one article about Claire Fraser’s stage outfits (you can read it here). But one material is way not enough to show all of her marvelous Scottish costumes filmed in the “Outlander” movie, in Season 1. So, we’ve made another one. You’ll be able to see many Claire’s tartan attires, her striking wedding dress (and find out what gown has inspired the costume designer on creating it), her diverse underpinnings, and even a men’s costume on her. We will reveal some secrets of making Claire’s costumes and also difficulties that the wardrobe team had.