dragon robe avaIn Chinese culture, the images of dragons are among the most popular and significant symbols. And it had been like this for centuries. We see various dragons depicted on 17th-century imperial and ceremonial robes, garments from the 18th and 19th centuries, and on contemporary Chinese clothing as well. But why dragons and what does this symbol mean? Let’s have a brief look at the Chinese history of clothing and find out more about so-called Chinese “dragon robes”.

Blackpink avaAny traditional attire can be re-designed and stylized to look super-modern and super-trendy. Skilled fashion designers make wonders using folk motifs, just like Korean designer Hong Ki-Young, who created the stage costumes for Blackpink official video “How You Like That”. She took Korean national apparel hanbok and re-designed it to look more contemporary, youthful, and alluring. Some people would even call it provocative and criticize such a great altering of the traditional costume. But nevertheless, the outfits of Blackpink girls in “How You Like That” look striking.

Senegalese boubou avaIn many African countries, the traditional costume requires meters and meters of colorful fabric decorated with African ethnic motifs, intricate head ties, and multicolored beaded jewelry. Some tribal outfits still consist only of small loin-cloths and plenty of beaded adornments, which have been traditional for many centuries in a row, but at the same time, we mostly see large loose robes, modest dresses, and male tunics + trousers as African national clothing these days. And in this post, we’ll have a closer look at Senegalese traditional attire.

Morning gown or peignoir of upper-class women from 19th – early 20th centuryIn the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century, European and American women of the middle and upper class wore at home beautiful, stylish, and costly garments called “morning gown” or “peignoir”. This underwear piece is popular among many females today as well, but it has become something ordinary and easily available, while the ladies from the 1800s saw a peignoir as a special garment, an indication of their status and wealth. These morning gowns looked really charming and attractive.

Tunisian lingerie avaTraditional underwear around the world differs a lot from our modern lingerie. Forget about revealing lacy bras and thongs, sexy garter belts, and the like. The traditional undergarments mean that this style has been in use for at least a century or two and is a lot more modest and conservative. But what else in these underwear pieces is different? Let’s take Tunisian vintage underpinnings and compare them to the lingerie sets we’re familiar with. How do you think, how many differences will we find?

Inuit2 avaCanadian aboriginal peoples lived in a very beautiful but also rather harsh environment. They needed all their skill and imagination to survive even in the northernmost areas of the continent. Warm houses and warm clothes were among the most important things for Canadian indigenous tribes, and they used every single available material – when hunters or fishers brought prey, everything was in use: meat, fur, skin, bones, sinew, intestines, claws and teeth, feathers, etc. You would be surprised as to what materials can be used to make clothing!

Helmet avaIn different periods and different countries, warriors wore some kind of protection in battle – armor. A very important and noticeable part of any armor is head protection. A huge variety of helmet designs exist, their styles changed throughout human history, new materials were invented, new decoration techniques appeared, new warrior fashion trends emerged. And, of course, we see the cultural peculiarities of various helmets because every one of them was handmade by some craftsman who used his skill, knowledge, tradition, etc. So sometimes, warrior helmets are extremely different from one another. Like these helmets, we’ve found for you.

Ukrainian embroidered apron avaUp to the mid-20th century, aprons were among the most popular pieces of women’s clothing – everyday, festive, traditional ensembles, etc. Aprons were used throughout the world, practically in every corner of our planet. Women of any social class, status, financial position, and ethnic group wore aprons of different design. Why is that? Why so many females added an apron to their outfit? If this garment had an entirely practical purpose, queens and high-status noblewomen wouldn’t wear it, but they did! We see so many ornate lace aprons in the photos and portraits, for instance, from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Spats avaThese two shoe accessories are very similar – they cover the leg and the footwear and protect them from mud and moisture, but they’re not the same. Spatterdashes and gaiters were used as a military uniform item for a long time; civilian men and women commonly wore them as well in the 19th-20th century. Besides, they were very stylish and fashionable accessories. Let’s look at the vintage spats and gaiters, compare them, and find the differences.

Korea avaIn May 2021, the 69th Miss Universe contest was held. The loveliest women from different countries around the world competed in beauty. But what interests us, is always the costumes)). Every year, it’s fun to observe the contestants’ National Costume Competition where they show their traditional clothing or outfits inspired by something that represents their country. We’ve chosen for this post those costumes closest to national dress or that feature some cute folk accessories. Anyway, enjoy the beauty of women and their wonderful outfits!

Eleanor Frances Dixie avaEuropean ladies in the mid-18th century wore very unique and strangely-shaped hats. They’re called a “bergere hat” or a “milkmaid hat”. We can see them in many paintings from the period. Also, we know that Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France before the French Revolution, wore these hats as well – they fit her pastoral look. What differs bergere hats from various other hat styles? How did they look like? Who wore them? And why were they associated with shepherdesses and milkmaids when being used by queens? Let’s find out the answers.

Wari hat avaThere are not so many folk costume artifacts of South American indigenous ethnic groups that survived to our time. Especially of such little-known peoples as the Wari people. This bright hat with a square crown and 4 tufts at the top is an ancient traditional headdress of high-status men. It is an authentic Peruvian accessory dated the 7th-9th century. And it is stored in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). Let’s take a closer look at this headpiece.

Adidas Mummy bag avaIf you’ve read our article Mongolian millennium-old mummy in Adidas-style shoes. Whaaat?!l, you already know that this mummy had in her grave not only probably the most trendy shoes but also a very fashionable felt clutch. Bags, similar in design, we see in such designer lines as Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Prada. But this particular clutch was produced 1,100 years ago. This truly impressed us. What do you think about such a high fashion mini bag used by a millennium-old seamstress? Even then, women did their best to wear stylish clothes and accessories.

thailand avaThere are not so many folk clothing museums in Thailand, so when traveling to this country, don’t miss these few folk museums, especially if you’re interested in traditional costumes. You can’t understand another country’s culture fully without learning at least something about its national apparel. Folk clothes can tell us so much. Besides, Thai folk costume museums are really interesting. So, while visiting Thailand, go to a folk museum because there are so many unique and curious objects displayed there – intricate gold jewelry, colorful costumes, various traditional weapons, frightening ceremonial masks, vintage skillfully-made accessories, dolls in folk garments, etc.