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Mesopotamian avaWhat did the clothing in Mesopotamian look like? Let's do a Sumerian costume breakdown. Basically, fashion changes when the world changes. And in Mesopotamia, fashion didn't need to change for 5,000 years. When we look at the sculptures or drawings from that era, we see dull and neutral colors and shapes, but was it really so? You’ll find out from this article.

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Yang Huazhen avaToday, we’d like to introduce you to the Tibetan and Qiang embroidery. These samples of embroidery definitely are worth seeing – they are bright, cheerful, highly detailed, and deeply spiritual. You could look at them for hours, distinguishing every small object from the whole picture, every stitch, and every embroidery technique. The craftswoman who is engaged in the Tibetan and Qiang embroidery for years – master Yang Huazhen – will share some of her knowledge about these techniques with us.

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Bobby Kolade avaUsing the Ugandan traditional barkcloth is a new and curious fashion trend in Europe. This fabric is unique, extravagant, and luxurious. Some fashion designers think that barkcloth can one day replace or at least be the alternative for leather. The outfits made from barkcloth are estimated by fashionistas because no single piece of tree-bark cloth is exactly alike, so your coat, bag, or jacket will definitely be one-of-a-kind.

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Maharaja jewels avaIndian Maharaja and Maharani used to wear tons of gold, gems, and massive jewelry pieces. It is traditional for Indian culture to wear a lot of jewels, but the kings and queens gave a new meaning to the usage of precious adornments. Here you are some photos of these valuable pieces used by the Indian monarchs. Some of them are really amazing.

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Carolingian Renaissance avaThanks to the Carolingian Renaissance that existed in Dark Age Europe in the 9th-10th centuries, France got its reputation as the center of international fashion long before modern days. This period in European fashion history is important – it brought many changes, new trends, and surprising details to that era’s clothing. Various corners of Dark Age Europe – like France, Britain, or Scandinavia – had fashion rules and trends that differed much from each other. In this article, we’ll talk about ancient French clothing – the clothing of Carolingian Renaissance.

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Ball gown avaWe’ve all heard about the grand 19-century balls. But how did the ladies dress for a ball at that time? Today, we are going to see how a lady in 1865 was preparing for a ball. What garments did she wear? We will see if she needed help with dressing up, what pieces of clothing she could skip, and even what tricks she used to spend less money but look fashionable and beautiful. So, let’s get started.

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gho avaBhutanese men’s folk costume is charismatic and unusual. You definitely notice the shoes – beautifully adorned works of art. But the whole attire sure will draw a look. It consists of an under jacket called “tego”, a robe called “gho”, a fabric belt called “kera”, a large silk scarf called “kabney”, and boots called “tshog lham”. We would like to show you these garments and the whole costume and add some curious details about it.

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Furisode avaJapan has a wide variety of folk garments. Usually, they are multilayered and intricately decorated. We chose the most popular and beloved outfits worn by the Japanese people. Historically, these kimonos and other pieces were used in a day-to-day life but today, the locals prefer to wear them only on special occasions. No matter what Japanese garment we are talking about, there are dozens of rules that dictate how to wear it, who is allowed to use it, what accessories are to supplement it with, etc.

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Anglo Saxon jewels avaThe clothes used in Dark Age Europe was pretty simple. Nothing extraordinary, really. But we can’t say the same about the jewelry pieces. And the Anglo-Saxon jewels in particular. The Anglo-Saxon jewellery makers were skilled and had a bright imagination – that’s for sure. Their products truly were works of art. In this article, we’d like to show you some of them. Because the traditional Anglo-Saxon jewelry could turn ordinary tunics and cloaks of the period into gorgeous and unique costumes.

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Tboli avaIn the Philippines, there is a curious ethnic group – the Tboli people. They have beautiful traditional costumes, decorated with embroidery, beading, woven patterns, and extraordinary jewelry pieces. Let’s have a look at their folk outfits and also find out how some items of their clothes are made. Another interesting part of this article is an interview with Tboli craftswomen who will talk about their cultural peculiarities, the tnalak fabric – historically made on the island, and the craft of weaving in the Philippines.

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Dark Age Europe avaThe Dark Ages, also known as the Early Middle Ages, is a period after the fall of the Roman Empire. The style of clothing at the time wasn’t much different from the previous years, because fashion trends didn’t change as quickly as they do today. But still, there were some peculiarities typical exactly for the Dark Ages. Both men’s and women’s outfits in Dark Age Europe were based on a tunic. Though, the male tunic was shorter, while the female one was longer and resembled a gown. But let’s talk about the Dark Age costumes more thoroughly.

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Tapa avaPacific Islands couldn’t provide local people with decent materials that could be used to make clothes: wool, cotton, silk, linen, etc. But the power of imagination helped them to make outfits out of tree bark. The locals learned to manufacture the tapa cloth, decorate it, and sew garments from it. Though, such barkcloth has a very considerable drawback, which has let cotton replace it and even force it out almost completely.

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Regency lady avaRegency era in Britain lasted from 1795 to 1837 (though, there are some differences as to which years to consider Regency). The female fashion of this period was rather classical – corsets, high-waisted silhouette, emphasized breasts, and long flowing skirts, of course. The Regency ladies looked natural, elegant, and even sexy in a way (even with all those layers of clothing). But let’s have a more detailed look.

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Vira Nakonechny avaUkrainians even in the 21st century take great pride in their embroidery. These are considered high art and filled with themes that are deeply symbolic and meaningful. One of the famous Ukrainian artisans is Vira Nakonechny. She is skilled in many folk crafts, including embroidery, weaving, beading, folk costume reconstruction, etc. She is a woman that doesn’t even live in Ukraine, wasn’t born in Ukraine, and visited Ukraine for the first time at a rather mature age, but she’s Ukrainian by descent. And, living in the US, she teaches people how to do Ukrainian handicrafts.