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houppelande avaIn the late Middle Ages in Europe, there appeared a very noble-looking, expensive, and beautiful outer garment that quickly became fashionable among the wealthy. This robe’s design was so beloved by people that it is still worn by some of us in the modern day. This outstanding outerwear piece is called a “houppelande”. Let’s dig a little deeper and see the difference between male and female houppelandes, find out more about the cut and embellishments of medieval houppelandes, and learn about its origin.

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Whitework avaThe central Ukrainian regions are characterized by a specific embroidery technique called “whitework” used to embellish the traditional clothing. Actually, every region of Ukraine has its own needlework features, techniques, patterns, and colors. But whitework is mostly seen only in a certain area. This extraordinary embroidery technique not only creates beautiful outfits but demands a lot of skill from a craftswoman. Though in the end, it’s worth all the effort. Let’s find out how Ukrainian whitework looks like, where women took inspirations for new patterns, and what whitework symbolizes.

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movie costumes avaThe stage costumes in the recent TV show The Witcher are rather beautiful, skillfully made, and eye-catching. They are a mix of medieval-style clothing, contemporary fashion ideas, and Gothic 1890s and 1930s fashion trends. The costume designer of this series Tim Aslam did his best to make these outfits accentuate the character’s nature, temper, mood, and position. Let us show you all that on examples. This material is dedicated to the movie costumes of characters from Cintra kingdom – Calanthe, Cirilla, Pavetta, Eist Tuirseach, and Mousesack.

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Romania avaRomanian folk dress is one of those traditional outfits that have survived almost without any serious changes throughout centuries. The costumes show a lot of typically Slavic features, like embroidered shirts, sheepskin vests and hats, bright kerchiefs, narrow white trousers, etc. Of course, there is a great diversity of regional folk outfits. But let’s look closer at Romanian traditional attire and try to define its main characteristics.

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Ottoman avaThe traditional Ottoman male clothing in the 17th century looked pretty and unique – ornate, often made from silk, beautifully patterned, and designed in an original fashion. Some of the garments were commonly used not only in the Ottoman Empire but by its neighbors as well, but the whole outfit allowed you to recognize the wearer at once. Especially, the typical turban. The silhouette and cut of the attire also emanated a distinctive Ottoman charm and noble air.

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KR23 avaDuring human history, so many magnificent jewelry pieces were invented, including necklaces, bracelets, chokers, finger rings, anklets, and so on. But one of the most charming and cute jewels are temple rings used in Slavic countries since the Bronze Age. Also, medieval temple rings from Kyivan Rus’ are among the best samples of gold, silver, and bronze jewelry of that period. They are so diverse and skillfully made that we still admire them and envy those women who were lucky to wear these jewels. Today, temple rings are totally edged out by earrings – sadly, modern Slavic women don’t use temple rings anymore.

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Witcher avaThe Witcher is one of the most anticipated and long-awaited TV shows of 2019. Season 1 is already out there for all of us to see, so we’ve decided to make an analysis of the stage costumes used in this series. In this material, we'll do a brief summary of the costumes and discuss the problems and challenges the costume designers came across during the shooting of this wonderful TV show. The rich tapestry of textures, a combination of metallics, blacks, and jewel tones, and some clever fabric manipulations – the costumes of the first season of The Witcher are a feast for the eyes.

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Estremadura avaThe Portuguese traditional costumes are diverse and good-looking. Some of them even look a bit weird. But, as with most national outfits around the planet, there is an explanation to each variety, each shape, each design of dresses. Different regions of Portugal are characterized by different folk clothing – farmers had their specific garments, fishermen wore other clothes, the attire of cattlemen had another design, and so on. Let’s look at several Portuguese regions and compare their traditional female clothing. In this article, we don’t take men’s folk costumes because they aren’t as manifold and distinctive.

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Henry avaThe European fashion trends of the 16th century look rather bizarre for a modern observer. But that’s what makes it so interesting to study the history of fashion and the clothing traditions of a certain era. In this article, we’ll find out how wealthy European men looked like in 1530s-60s. We’ll try to surprise you with weird items of clothes, functional jewelry pieces, and unusual shapes and silhouettes of garments. This historical period is rich in portraits that can help us distinguish the main features of male clothing.

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A ZTraditional pieces of the male and female national costumes in Poland: bielunka, bruclek, ciasnocha, cucha, czepiec, czółko, fortuch, galaty, gorset, gunia, jaka, jedbowka, jedwabnica, jelenioki, kabotek, kaftanik, kalita, kapuza, kłobuk, kontusz, kopki, kornet, koszula, krakuska, kurpsi, kyrpce, maciejówka, modrziniec, nogawice, orpant, oplecek, pas, pas kontuszowy, poloki, rogatywka, serdak, spódnik, stroje ludowe, sukmana, szpyncer, trzos, watówka, wystek, zapaska, żupan, and żywotek.

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Necklace avaWomen from different corners of our planet love beads. And, according to archaeological finds and historical documents, people have been wearing beaded jewelry for ages. We’ve made a short sweep through several Ukrainian archaeological museums to gather for you the photos of beaded necklaces from the oldest historical periods – Scythian, Sarmatian, Age of Antiquity, Medieval, etc. It’s funny but you can barely distinguish the necklaces from eras that are thousands of years apart. Amazing how people could produce such cute handmade glass, stone, clay beads around 3,000 years ago!

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Belarusian clothing avaBelarus is one of those countries with a rich Slavic heritage. The folk costumes of this country are bright and beautiful, they look rather regal even. Here are the major features of Belarusian national male, female, and kid outfits. Also, we’d like to share with you a few interesting facts about Belarusian traditional clothing and its peculiarities. Particularly, why did the local brides wear embroidered shirts with whitework? what did people do with old, worn clothes 100 years ago? how did the traditional kid garments look like?

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Bunad avaNorwegian traditional bunad is a lovely costume, it looks spectacular. But also, this attire has a very distinct meaning and symbolism. In this material, we’ll enclose some information about the bunad that you might have never heard before. Particularly, what do you know about the connection between the Norwegian bunad and European fashion trends of the past? As a matter of fact, there is a strong and unexpected connection. Also, we’ll tell you when is the best time to come to Norway to see the greatest variety of regional bunads on people.

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Pirates avaA lot of people around the world, especially in the US, love the pirate culture and lifestyle. There are Hollywood pirate movies, dozens of books on this topic, and even whole towns that have been pirate strongholds and still preserve their historical connection to the Golden Age of piracy. But what do we know about the authentic pirate costume? How did pirates dress in real life? Let’s find out more about the period-accurate clothing of ordinary pirates, pirate captains, and pirate wenches.