Cyprus avaCypriot national costume is very similar to a Greek one, but it has its own cultural peculiarities. The traditional outfits of men and women in Cyprus are charming, modest, and beautifully adorned with embroidery and other folk techniques. The male baggy pants look unusual to a foreigner but in a good way. And the women’s sayia dress with its low neckline is perfect for breastfeeding – although, you won’t see anything inappropriate because of the embroidered underwear that covers the body. Anyway, if you have never seen Cypriot folk clothing, definitely make up some time to look into it.

Luke and Agaphia avaA lot of people these days study their family trees and research ancestors. It’s fascinating how much we can find out about ourselves by learning our roots. But do you know what is even more exciting? To share our finds with other people. And this is exactly what we’re offering you to do. Take part in a new project Your Wedding Story of our partner website Weddingsallovertheworld.com. Send them your own marriage story or a love story of your ancestors and you will see it published for the world to see.

Daemon Targaryen avaHouse of the Dragon is a prequel series to Game of Thrones. It is expected to be released in 2022. And so many of Game of Thrones’s fans can’t wait until it appears on screens. So while we’re waiting, why don’t we try to analyze the stage costumes of the future series from scraps we already know about it. This is the first post of a series of articles dedicated to House of the Dragon’s movie costumes, and it’s about Daemon Targaryen.

Lace collar avaPunto in aria lace is considered the first true lace because it was meticulously created by a needle from thread, not a cutwork on a woven fabric. This lace technique derived from a reticella technique. Both are Italian and were used to create masterpiece collars, trimmings, and other elements of festive clothing. And both look astounding – so airy and delicate. Even by today’s standards, reticella lace and punto in aria lace are beautiful and skillfully made.

hikihaku avaThis type of traditional Japanese obi belts is very special because the cloth for it is hand-woven from silk threads and foil paper threads. Due to this, the fabric of hikihaku obi looks gorgeous and shiny, with a distinct metallic sheen. But how do they achieve this? How can they create fabric from foil? The process of making textile using the hikihaku technique is not simple, but there are Japanese artisans who know how to do it and produce this beautiful gleaming fabric these days.

Irish headdress avaWe know dozens or even hundreds of different hairstyles today and are able to choose the one we like, no matter where we’re from, what our marital status is, or what the tradition of our people dictates. But in the past, one’s appearance often showed off all of the mentioned things. You could look at a person and tell who he or she was just by the person’s hair, headdress, clothing, accessories. For example, here’s what we know about Irish typical hairstyles and headpieces in the early modern period. What did Irish people do with their hair in the 1530s-1800?

Cartwheel hat avaEvery fashionista has at least a couple of hats in her wardrobe and knows how to match her headdresses with other clothing. Still, fashionable headdresses aren’t an obligatory item for a lady anymore, like they used to be in the 18th, 19th, and even early 20th century. A huge variety of hat designs switched each other for years and years, each of them more unique, catchier, and prettier than the previous one. Just take a cartwheel hat – huge, round, and almost flat. It must’ve been a nightmare in windy weather!

Sorel avaEverybody knows that fashion trends make a comeback from time to time – we can’t invent something new every year and never repeat ourselves. But one thing is to know and another is to see with your own eyes. So, let’s look at the latest footwear trends fall 2021 and compare these shoes to very similar-looking vintage shoes and boots from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. What modern designers and fashion houses appreciate footwear ideas of the past long gone?

French robe avaFrench costume museums are among those places where you can find hundreds of authentic historical outfits from the 18th and 19th centuries. Also, France is famous for the French lace, elaborate underwear pieces worn by the royals and court ladies, exquisite embroidery patterns on court dresses, and huge varieties of regal accessories. France was the trendsetter in fashion long before Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel, and Pierre Cardin. So, here’s a list of costume and folk museums where you can find French national clothing and various vintage fashionable outfits.

kaross avaMen and women in Botswana traditionally dress in clothes made from animal skins because they’re durable, easy to get (Tswana men are great hunters) and work with, and it is the way their ancestors dressed. One of the most interesting Tswana folk garments is a blanket called “kaross”. It is used by the local men. And this traditional African blanket would probably cause animal defenders to have a stroke – it is created of rows and rows of animal skins sewn together.

Bocksten Man avaActually, the Bocksten Man is not a mummy, rather a skeleton, but fully dressed and with a generous mane of hair – looks bizarre, by the way. Why these human remains may be so interesting to fashion historians, reenactors, and people who are fond of the medieval era that the Bocksten Man became famous all over the world? Because many of his garments survived over 600 years and can be studied today. His tunic even is among the best-preserved medieval tunics in Europe. Not to mention his hood with a 90cm-long liripipe.

Chikankari avaIndian traditional culture estimates embroidery highly. A lot of clothes and household items are usually decorated with needlework. Just look at Indian sarees, festive sherwani, and choli blouses and you’ll notice a variety of decorative techniques used to embellish these garments. There are dozens of different embroidery techniques and stitches used in India, but these 4 types of Indian needlework are among the most popular and beautiful – phulkari, chikankari, kashida, and kantha embroidery.

Kafshi chubin avaCentral Asian countries take pride in their traditional footwear, and rightfully so because these shoes are so ornate, decorative, and comfy. Most people around the world know little to nothing about the folk costume of Tajikistan, including Tajik traditional shoes. It’s time to fix this, as Tajik folk footwear looks really unusual and curious. Here are the 3 most popular and offbeat Tajik folk shoes for any occasion.

Medieval painting avaSome of you probably have already seen people dressed in medieval clothes at some historical reenactments, medieval fairs, or even in theater/movie/museum. But can you name all of the garments and tell how many of them a person has? The Middle Ages is a period when the climate was cold, synthetic fabrics not yet invented, and people dressed modestly and elegantly. So, let’s specify and describe a typical everyday look of an ordinary working woman, not wealthy, without any fancy trinkets in her attire, just a set of clothes she needs in daily life.