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Kayan avaThe women of Kayan tribes have an odd and even dangerous tradition to lengthen their necks with special brass neck rings. They’ve been doing it for centuries. That’s how these women identify themselves – by their attire, jewelry, and this eye-catching physiological peculiarity. The outsiders have different attitudes to this unusual tradition, but one thing truly is a fact – Kayan women’s necks attract attention and are unique on this planet.

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Krysania avaOne of the most famous subethnic groups of Ukrainians is Hutsul people. They live in a certain area in the Carpathian Mountains and have an extremely rich and bright culture. Particularly, Hutsul traditional clothing differs a lot from any other Ukrainian folk costume. Today, we’ll talk about a charming accessory used by Hutsul men – a festive hat called “krysania”. Every Hutsul boy used to dream about this stylish headdress and every young man knew how to wear it to look carefree and nonchalant.

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Gutrah avaThis headdress is a symbol of Saudi Arabia. The local men wear it with pride and know its history and cultural importance. It’s not exclusively Saudi Arabian but very typical for this country. What can possibly be interesting about it? Actually, a lot of things. Let’s find out more about gutrah and other accessories worn with it, learn some rare and fun facts about this headgear, and explain why gutrah is so important for Saudi men.

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Ao dai avaIn Vietnam, the national attire is called “Ao Dai”. Besides, there is a male and female Ao Dai, which differ in design. This costume looks remarkable on a wearer, especially on women, because it fits all the shapes of a body perfectly. But did you know that authentic Ao Dai was not sexy or attractive at all? Until 1930, it used to be more baggy, the slits at the sides not as high, and the colors duller, so the outfit seemed pretty simple and ordinary. But modern women’s Ao Dai is anything but dull! We have other fun facts about Vietnamese folk dress here.

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Empire fashion avaThe Empire fashion style is a great example of radical changes in fashion. It’s hard to find a historical period with a more abrupt change in clothing styles than the end of the 18th century. Female attire – from corsets and wide panniers to natural nightgown-style dresses. Male attire – from ornate livery and breeches to frock coats and white tight-fitting pants with minimal embellishments. And all that to look like an ancient marble statue as much as possible. But who were those people who dared to be the first to wear Empire-style garments in a conservative 18th-century society?

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Fair avaIn the 19th century, town fairs became extremely popular in many European countries, including Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Hungary, and so on. Large fairs were held 1-2 times a year and were huge. They were a place where different cultures, regions, ethnic groups, and traditions met and intermixed. Merchants traveled from one market place to the other and brought their goods, often imported. All these factors more or less influenced the local fashion and clothing traditions.

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Infographic avaA lot of people around the world consider Korean traditional costume called “hanbok” to be very elegant and good-looking. Its design is unique and never gets old-fashioned. But what do we really know about the national attire of Korea? Here are some infographics to help you learn a little more about these beautiful outfits and their history. How old is hanbok? What was the difference between high-class and low-class hanbok designs? Was women’s hanbok really invented for comfortable breastfeeding? Is a modern hanbok much different from an authentic one?

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Fabric avaOur ancestors learned how to make fabric long ago. Of course, they produced only natural fabrics, but if you think they couldn’t make really exquisite cloth and didn’t know how to use various mixes of fibers, think again. The history of textile goes back at least 8,000 years. And this history is magnificent, with plenty of turns and twists, interesting events and wonderful inventions, new beginnings and old traditions. Let’s find out what fibers people learned to weave into the fabric and when.

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Japan new avaToday, everyone knows that a kimono is a traditional costume in Japan. It’s hard to find a person who has never seen a kimono at least in the photos or in movies. But surprisingly, kimono isn’t the oldest Japanese attire, as well as silk isn’t among the first fabrics originally used to make clothes in Japan. So, what material was popular before silk? And when did people invent the first kimono? These are curious questions we’re going to answer right away. And more fun facts about a kimono are ready to amaze you.

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Folk dance avaThe national attire of Bosnia and Herzegovina is unique and interesting not only thanks to its diversity but also because it got some features from Balkan, Oriental, and Mediterranean cultures. It’s a curious mix of different traditions, styles, and symbols. But all in all, the local folk costume looks beautiful. Unfortunately, it’s out of everyday use. But that’s understandable – people don’t make their clothes by hand anymore, and natural materials are much harder to produce these days than modern synthetic fabrics. Still, authentic folk costumes of Bosnia and Herzegovina can be seen at folk festivals, which is wonderful.

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Agbada avaThis outfit looks great – formal and regal. And it’s very different from the popular idea of how African men dress. A lot of people still believe that, in Africa, traditional clothing consists of a loincloth, jewelry, and body paint. That’s not true. We can often describe African folk garments as modest, opulent, and elegant. And agbada is one of such garments, being formal, sophisticated, and beautifully adorned with embroidery.

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Tailor avaIn the Middle Ages and Renaissance era, there was no mass market of clothing, which we have now. People made every garment individually and by hand. Some sewed their outfits by themselves, others hired professional tailors to do it. But such work wasn’t easy at all. To confirm this thought, here are 5 steps a person needed to take in the process of sewing any garment. Also, we’ve made a list of sewing tools every medieval or renaissance tailor used in his work.

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Cambodian folk dress avaCambodian folk dress and Khmer folk dress is the same because the Khmer people are the native inhabitants of the Cambodia. 97% of Cambodian population are Khmer. So, let’s find out what are the traditional garments worn by the Khmer people. Actually, their folk outfits are so interesting because it’s one of a few cultures where the male and female traditional garments look very similar. Especially, the bottom piece called “sompot”.

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montera avaPeruvian women are easily distinguished from other South American ethnic groups by their bright and beautifully decorated hats. Peruvian traditional clothing, in general, is colorful and unique, but these hats add some cheerful vibe even to this eye-catching outfit. So, let’s find out what the montera hats are made of, how they are embellished and why, and what they show about the owner. These headdresses really look like bowls of flowers attached to women’s heads – so cute!