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sukmana avaThe traditional outer garments in Poland have always been distinctive, catchy, and prominent, worn proudly by the locals. And they have a lot in common with Slavic typical outerwear in general. Of course, Polish outerwear differs from region to region, as the climate and regional clothing traditions vary as well. But even when a garment looks simple at the first sight, it somehow radiates elegance and sophistication. Take, for example, the popular woolen coat called “sukmana”. It was the clothing of peasants, but how charmingly it is decorated!

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Purse avaAt the beginning of the 20th century, ladies picked their accessories thoughtfully. For instance, their handbags and purses. Most of such pieces were handmade and elaborately decorated with beading, embroidery, metal decorations, and many other embellishments. Every woman dreamed about purses like this 100 years ago. This was the era of elegant and sophisticated women’s accessories, masterpieces worn in daily life. We’d like to show you here a few magnificent purses from the early 20th century that are now stored in museums and only presented to the public from time to time.

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Serbian costumes avaBosnian traditional attire is charming. Historically, it took some features from Ottoman, Balkan, and Mediterranean cultures and combined them into something new, typically Bosnian. A lot of the local folk garments and accessories attract attention by their unique ornamentation and unusual cut. Let’s look at the 5 most characteristic and charismatic pieces of clothing worn in Bosnia, including outerwear, main garments, and footwear. These are by far not the only Bosnian folk garments, but they can tell you a lot about Bosnian clothing traditions and folk culture.

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Medieval fair36 avaNoble and rich women of Kyivan Rus’ dressed rather attractively. Though, of course, their attire differed a little from our modern concept of good-looking and expensive. In medieval Ukraine (most of the territory of Kyivan Rus’ today belongs to Ukraine and the capital is the same – Kyiv), people wore warm and multilayered clothes of simple and modest cut. But how could you distinguish if a female belonged to a higher class or was just a poor working woman? Which pieces of clothes or accessories indicated wealth and status?

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Hunia1 avaThe Carpathian region of Ukraine is represented by a bunch of curious and unusual folk garments, especially outerwear. One of them is called “hunia”, and its appearance is as odd as the name. Hunia is warm, hairy, and eye-catching. And this garment is exactly what a Hutsul (Ukrainian sub-ethnic group of people who live in the Carpathians) needs. By the way, hunia has returned into fashion recently and modern Ukrainian fashionistas are ready to spend a fortune to get one. Honestly, there’s no surprise there – such natural, warm, and charming outerwear deserves to be loved.

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Balteus avaA balteus (plural baltei) is a very specific style of a belt. It was used by the Roman legionnaires to suspend a sword. But it wasn’t just a functional accessory – such belts showed the social status of a man and distinguished him from civilians. Baltei were a status thing and only military men were allowed to wear them. Such belts were also very beautiful items and looked like masterpieces. We’d like to make you acquainted with a unique Roman balteus belt and its peculiarities.

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Kazakh jewelry avaIn Kazakhstan, traditional jewelry pieces play a significant role in the local folk costume and the local culture. Kazakh jewelry makers have always been very skilled and created real works of art. They used both regional and imported materials, each of which was considered sacred and protective – Kazakhs are a very superstitious nation, so every jewelry item, every pattern, every ornament, and every shape traditionally was meaningful. And also, Kazakh jewelers are creative, so a lot of the adornments look wonderful.

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Periods avaThis is a rather sensitive topic, but, to tell you the truth, I personally always wondered what our great grandmothers and their female ancestors did during the monthlies? How did they cope with periods, when it’s uncomfortable and annoying even for us? So, I decided to finally study this topic and help all of us understand 18th-century women. Some reenactors already did their fair share of studying and even did experiments, and they say that 18th-century period products were effective and comfy! Who would have thought?!

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Lovely jewelry avaThese gorgeous jewelry items are archaeological finds from millennia-old burial grounds of kings and other powerful people. The jewels were exhibited in the National Museum of History of Ukraine. So, all of the jewelry pieces were found on Ukrainian land. These are jewels made from gold, silver, bronze, amber beads, glass beads, stone beads, and other natural materials. Some of them can blow your mind with their unusual shapes and exquisite detail. For example, a golden torque adorned with horse heads, whose eyes and ears are inlaid with stones.

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Romanian suman avaRomanian queens, princes, and princesses often preferred local folk costumes to universal European court clothes in the late 19th – early 20th century. There are old photos and postcards to prove that. Even when most European courts dressed by the latest fashion trends, Romanian royalty made embroidered clothing and traditional accessories the symbols of Romanian national identity and even the means to replenish the state budget – by exporting these authentic items to neighboring and far-away countries.

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Lasses31 avaIn the mid-18th – early 19th century, one particular women’s outer garment was very fashionable and could be found in practically any fashionista’s wardrobe. Its silhouette was cute and feminine thanks to a fitted waist and a charming peplum. It looked especially nice worn over a corset, accentuating a tiny waist and flaring hips. And this outerwear is called a “caraco”. Let’s look at it, and also, let’s try to solve the confusion regarding the caraco, pierrot, casaquin, and other almost identical jackets of the time.

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Tibetan dress avaTibetan women use lovely folk garments. Even today, they often dress in traditional clothing because it’s comfortable for the local climate and lifestyle and looks pretty. But to wear this attire accurately, a woman needs to know a few tricks and secrets. For example, how to drape the collar of every next layer of clothing or whether to put on an apron or what to do with extra-long sleeves, etc. At the same time, when everything is worn just right, a woman really stands out from a crowd and shines – she’s vivid, she’s feminine, she’s beautiful.

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Burial clothing avaDuring human history, burial ceremonies changed again and again. And burial clothing changed as well. On All Hallows' Eve, let’s talk about burial attire used by people during the last several centuries. What did people want to wear to the grave? Where did they get burial clothing? How did funeral fashion change throughout our history? By the way, if you knew you’d become a zombie, would you choose specific attire to be buried in or it doesn’t matter for you?))

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khan dong avaThe Vietnamese traditional wedding headdress of the brides looks beautiful and unique. When you see it, you think about Vietnam. This charming hat reminds us of a frisbee with a hole in the center, especially from the side view. But it definitely catches the eye and suits Vietnamese women perfectly. To Christians, this headdress might also bring to mind the nimbuses we see at religious icons. And why not treat a bride a bit like a goddess?!