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Montenegrin shoes avaThere are really curious footwear pieces in Montenegro, including not only shoes but also socks and leg wrappings. As Montenegro is one of the Slavic countries, its shoes have analogs in neighboring territories (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Poland, Serbia, etc.), but some features of Montenegrin traditional footwear are unique and cute. For instance, the dense lacing made from dried goat skin cord. The national costume of Montenegro is lovely and the same we can say about the local folk shoes. Come and see them here! We will share some great info about Montenegrin shoes as well.

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Tajikistan avaTajikistan is one of the Central Asian countries with a rich culture and centuries-old traditions, including the clothing traditions and folk crafts. The outfits worn by local men and women in the past were flamboyant, multilayered, and beautifully adorned. It’s a pity, these costumes are so rarely used in daily life now – only such simpler pieces like a skull-cap or kerchief are still worn by a lot of Tajiks. Also, the local women sometimes wear modified folk dresses – they are made from the same fabric with the same patterns on it, though the design may be pretty contemporary. But let’s learn more about the authentic Tajik clothing.

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talli avaThe talli embroidery or braiding is one of the authentic clothing crafts still popular in the United Arab Emirates. Emirati women have been doing it, like, forever because no one knows when this handicraft was first invented. The talli embroidering is a rather complicated and time-consuming process, girls start to learn how to do it around 5 years old, but the artful pieces made by talli technique are worth all the effort – they are beautiful!

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Ukrainian embroidery69 avaThere is one region in Ukraine where you can find a truly unique traditional embroidered shirt. It got the name “sleeves”, and for a particular reason. These women’s shirts are different from any other shirts in Ukraine and beyond. It takes about a year and 700-800 m of thread to finish one shirt. The embroidery designs on these garments aren’t too complicated but they consist of several thousands of repetitive symbols – that’s why this needlework is so time-consuming. These Hutsul “sleeves” represent the proud and hard-working people of the Carpathian region of Ukraine.

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Mexican avaMexican traditional attire is always eye-catching. Although, the folk costumes of different regions of Mexico differ from each other – some just a little, others dramatically. Let’s take two absolutely different folk dresses from the neighboring regions of Chiapas and Veracruz (both in South Mexico) and compare them. Sure, there are some common features, but these outfits look so unlike that it’s even hard to believe that they’re from the same country. Black and white, vibrant and delicate, colorful embroidery and snow-white lace.

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Belarus avaBelarusian embroidery is one of the main folk clothing crafts in this country. It has deep and old roots and represents the traditional beliefs of the local people. The most interesting thing about Belarusian embroidery is that there are specific patrimonial symbols embedded in the patterns. They serve as a connection between different generations and show the affiliation to a certain family. It’s fascinating how ordinary embroidery patterns can be so meaningful and important.

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Tatar avaThe folk dress of Tatarstan is outstanding – ornate, multilayered, and richly adorned with jewelry, embroidery, and other decorations. But unfortunately, the traditional Tatar clothing is long since out of fashion. In the mid-19th century, Tatars mostly wore folk garments for any occasion (everyday attire, festive clothes, indoor and outdoor garments, winter wear, etc.), but today, you can see these costumes only during some folk festivals, historical reenactments, in museums, and worn by very few people in real life. Though, Tatar national costumes deserve to be well-known and preserved.

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habesha kemis avaThe folk dress of Habesha people from Ethiopia and Eritrea is the world-famous habesha kemis. This garment is like a visit card of these countries – when you see a long snow-white dress with colorfully embroidered borders and stylized cross-shaped patterns, you immediately think about Ethiopia or Eritrea, or at least about Africa. These outfits are not only pretty and sophisticated, they became a part of modern fashion culture. Many fashion designers make their contemporary collections based on habesha kemis features and folk embroidery, so these dresses are worn by women in day-to-day life, which is awesome.

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legong avaThe legong folk dance in Indonesia is a special ritual performed at public festivals and celebrations. In the past, it was an entertainment for the royals. It is a unique show and it can seem rather weird for outlanders, but Indonesians consider it a spiritual and meaningful performance. Though, we’re interested mostly in the traditional costume of legong dancers rather than movements and music. So, let’s look at this attire a bit closer.

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Jewels avaJewelry pieces have been the favorite human accessories for millennia. At first, people made jewels from bones, shells, teeth, stones, wood, and other natural materials that surrounded them. Later, they learned how to make adornments from metal and glass. Jewelry techniques changed, human tastes changed, the value of precious metals and stones changed with time, but we still love and wear beautiful jewels in the 21st century. So, do you know how the first jewelry items looked like? And how they altered throughout millennia? We’ve prepared a few photos for you.

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wedding kerchief avaIn the 19th-20th century in Ukraine, there used to be a specific wedding tradition – the couple’s family presented the most honorable guests with little embroidered kerchiefs. These kerchiefs were than kept in the most prominent place at home and collected through the years because the number of such gifts showed the status of the family in the local society and the attitude of their neighbors to them. Some of these cute embroidered kerchiefs today are kept in folk museums and private collections, like these ones.

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Logo fb avaWe would like to thank our readers for your attention to Nationalclothing.org website. The 2019 was great for us. We published many nice articles and original photos, followed your discussions in the comments to them, had interesting conversations with you in social media, and got wonderful feedback from you. Thanks guys! Next year, we’ll gather even more useful info and share it all with you. See you in 2020!

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Emirati avaThe jalabiya is definitely one of the most beautiful and impressive Emirati pieces of clothing, if not the prettiest garment ever. These female robes are traditional and, at the same time, look contemporary. Thanks to these garments, the women in the UAE are able to wear something bright and ornate, because, as you know, their daily apparel usually includes the abaya, a thin black robe, which is very modest and has a few embellishments. But the festive jalabiya totally compensates for that.

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manta avaIt’s Christmas time now, the ideal time to remember your traditions and folk culture. This winter is not very harsh and cold, but in the past, winters often were severe and freezing, especially in the northern hemisphere. Also, you must understand that there were no or very few synthetic fabrics 100-150 years ago, so winter outerwear was mostly made from fur, sheepskin, and wool. Here you are a selection of photos that depict Ukrainian vintage winter clothes.