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Tunisian headdress avaWomen in Tunisia traditionally cover their heads – with scarves, shawls, veils, hats, and other headwear pieces. Even today, in the modern world, there is a great variety of female headdresses used for ceremonial occasions and in day-to-day life. These people wear their kerchiefs and scarves not only because of their religious laws but also because of the climate in this North African country. We’ve gathered a number of photos depicting Tunisian women’s headgear to show you the ceremonial, festive, and everyday headdresses in use.

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Podillia avaThere is a huge variety of Ukrainian folk embroidery patterns used to decorate the clothing. In the past, every woman made unique shirts, there weren’t two identical garments because it is too boring to hand-embroider several shirts with the same pattern. These pieces we’d like to show you are not like the modern machine-made clothing, they are personalized and one of a kind. These are embroidered shirts from Vinnytsia region (Central Ukraine), the mid-19th – mid-20th century.

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constantine porphyrogenitus avaByzantine was a very rich and very Christian empire, which influenced, of course, the clothing tradition of this country. Based on Roman clothing, Byzantine dress was somewhat different. Even more so were the royal outfits of this Empire. We’d like to show you a quite accurate replica of the attire of the Byzantine emperor – Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus. As this costume is a modern replica made for a museum, such materials as gold, real pearls, and precious stones were not used, but you can still have a nice overview of a Byzantine royal attire.

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Hanji avaThe hanji paper is a very common material in Korean traditional clothing culture. They make a lot of things out of it – clothes, shoes, handbags, parasols, jewelry, toys, hand fans, décor and household items, etc. This material is natural, easy to work with, and rather durable (at least for paper). It even has some water-resistant properties. Korean folk outfits and accessories made from hanji look exotic and cute. Besides, it’s hard to tell that they consist of paper.

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Sleepy Hollow avaTim Burton’s movies are always extravagant and have a certain, very unique atmosphere. The same we can say about the stage costumes of these films. Take, for example, a classic horror movie “Sleepy Hollow”. It dips you into the late 1700s. And all of the characters’ costumes are brilliant and rather period-correct. Sleepy Hollow has a few surprises up its sleeves regarding the set costumes and props. Did you know that this movie was almost entirely shot with a blue filter, so for the blood to appear red, the liquid had to be bright orange?

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Fibula avaWe’ve already talked a lot about the clothing in Ancient Greece and it’s time to find out what accessories, jewels, and hairdos people used 3,000 years ago. Ancient Greece was a rather developed and highly civilized state, so even that long ago, there were many seemingly modern items available to them. Like brooches on clothing, comfy and open leather shoes, or hair jewelry. It’s amazing how long and complicated a history our familiar accessories may have!

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Pocket avaThe pocket is a fairly modern invention, at least if to talk about pockets as we know them now. First pockets appeared in the 1600s, but they were separate items attached to a belt or to the waist. Much later, in the late 19th – early 20th century, pockets became sewn to the clothing. Ukrainian folk dress of the 1700s-1900s also had various pockets. And in most cases, they were beautiful and ornate because they served not only to carry goods but were used as adornments of the outfit. Let’s see how they looked like.

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sølje avaThe traditional costume of Norway called “bunad” is usually complemented with certain jewelry pieces. The locals love silver jewels, including brooches, clasps, buttons, buckles, etc. But the main and most prominent traditional jewelry pieces worn with bunad are halsknapp and sølje. Let’s find out what they are, how they look like, and who wore them. Is it true that you can tell a lot about the person by the jewelry on his or her clothing? Are folk jewels still in trend today or are they only museum exhibits by now?

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Ancient Greece avaWe’ve actually got some knowledge as to how the Ancient Greeks dressed. We see it in Ancient Greek statues, wall art, and other similar art objects. But it’s not enough to fully appreciate their outfits. We know the design, the shape, the silhouette, but there are several aspects we can’t highlight. For one, the colors and patterns of the fabrics. It is hard to learn much about something that happened 3,000 years ago. Especially, when we’re talking about things as fragile as fabrics. But we can share with you the info we have.

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Dagestan avaDagestan is one of those regions in the Caucasus that are so rich in clothing traditions. The folk outfits here were bright, multilayered, and densely embellished. The clothing customs in this area can easily surprise you. For example, have you heard about false sleeves being used as pockets or actual tiny pockets inside the coifs? What about trousers sewn from several different types of fabric – visible and invisible part – to prolong the life of this garment and save the family budget?

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Cossack avaNot many people around the world know but in the 16th-18th century on the territory of modern Ukraine, were formed special semi-military communities of local people called “Cossacks”. They were fierce warriors and skilled horse riders. They were something like elite military forces in the area, and their clothes deserve our attention. In this material, we’d like to show you how they looked like and what they wore. Mostly, these are wealthy Cossacks and the military leaders, so their outfits are lovely. But their weapons are always more ornate, exquisite, and expensive than the costumes.

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Felt boots avaIt is said that felting is one of the oldest techniques to produce fabric. And it is among the most odd-looking materials either. Some countries – like Central Asia – have a centuries-old tradition of making and using felt in the national costume. But this fabric is still fashionable and popular these days – both folk clothing artisans and fashion designers like felt and widely use it to make various clothes, accessories, and décor items. Let’s find out more about the felting process and see some vintage and modern examples.

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Clothing avaUkraine is a comparatively large country, so its clothing traditions are diverse. Ukrainian folk costumes can vary so much that it seems like the outfits belong to different countries. Sure, every geographical area has its own peculiarities and typical features in traditional embroidered clothing, but some of them are more distinct than others. For instance, the central regions of Ukraine are characterized by a very special embroidery technique – the whitework. It doesn’t mean that all the authentic costumes are embroidered with white threads but the majority really are.

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Latvian2 avaIn most countries around the world, the traditional outerwear was rather usual – jackets, coats, cloaks, etc. But Latvia is rather special, its authentic women’s outer garment is a beautiful white shawl fastened with a large silver brooch. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? These traditional Latvian shawls kept local women warm and beautified them at the same time. Moreover, you could find out the region of origin of a person just looking at the size of a shawl, its embellishments, and the design of a brooch.