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Batik designs avaBatik fabric is very popular in Indonesia. A lot of traditional garments are made from this cloth. But it is a hard work to put the design onto the fabric. They dye, bleach, dry, and dye again. Several times in a row. But every extra step is needed and not useless. For me, the most exciting process of the batik production is stamping. Find your favorite step.

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Jewels avaWhat do you know about Marie Antoinette’s expensive collection of jewels? Only part of them are known today (they are in museums or private collections), the rest are lost or re-made into new jewelry pieces. The French queen Marie Antoinette managed to keep at least some of her jewels safe by entrusting them to her friends or hiding them. And those adornments that we know of are magnificent. Let’s have a closer look at them.

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Doek avaA headdress is probably the most important part of African folk costume. And the whole existence of this piece of clothes is based on African history, traditions, weather conditions, and local fashion. So, only today and only for you)) – 5 best ways of wrapping an African head tie. And they are forehead scarf, head wrap bun, head tie, twisty bun, and oversized chignon. So very easy to make and look very authentic.

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Embroidery avaUkrainian traditional embroidery is one of the main clothing crafts in this country. It is said that embroidering can increase person’s energy field and thus, helps to maintain good health. People in Ukraine really believe in that, especially those who have spent decades practicing this craft. Yuriy Melnychuk is one of the few men in Ukraine – because most Ukrainians consider embroidery to be women’s work – who became a skilled craftsman. He embroiders, teaches other people how to do it, and gathers his own collection of vintage samples of embroidered costumes and embroidery patterns.

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Yuki tsumugi avaJapanese people have been producing, exporting, and using silk fabric for hundreds and hundreds of years. Traditionally, the process of making silk fabric for the kimono is handmade. It requires a lot of hard work, skill, and fondness. Today, we’d like to introduce a fine technique of hand-weaving the silk cloth to you. It is called “Yuki-tsumugi” and it is one of the crafts included to the UNESCO’s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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Kid clothing avaVintage baby’s and kid’s clothing can be adoring. In the 17th, 18th, 19th, and even the beginning of the 20th century, such garments were handmade, which adds more charm to it. Here is a collection of children’s dresses, suits, caps, shoes, and even bibs from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. We guarantee you’d be moved by these garments.

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Tartan avaScottish kilt and many folk accessories (caps, bags, shawls, etc.) in Scotland are made from special tartan fabric. Historically, tartan is handmade – it was woven on weaving looms. Today, it is mostly industrially produced. But in this article, we’ll talk about a place where you can order any amount of tartan, even the fabric for a single kilt or a “patch” of unique tartan design. The fabric here is only half-handmade because the looms are motorized, so the weavers don’t have to use foot pedals to weave. But still, a lot of work is made by hand and the weavers control the process thoroughly.

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Jamdani avaOne of the most delicate and beautiful fabrics in the world, hand-woven on a loom, is a Jamdani – traditional muslin cloth of Bangladesh. This fabric is used today to make sarees, which serve as the folk clothing in this country. What’s interesting about Jamdani? For example, it takes 2 weavers to work simultaneously on one loom. Also, the craftsmen don’t draw their patterns before weaving – they, like, improvise.

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Winter dress avaOne hundred years ago, there were no thermal underwear, waterproof membrane fabrics, fleece, and all those modern comfy garments that keep us warm today. In those days, people had to be content with heavy wool, furs, and layers and layers of clothing to survive harsh winters. But what garments did they use? Finland, -25ºC, 1893. What does a fashionable lady wear outside? Let us have a peek at the winter layers of the Belle Epoque.

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Embroidery avaThe older the embroidery pattern is, the deeper meaning it has. Modern embroidery designs, usually, just mimic flowers, leaves, and animals, while in millenniums-old patterns, every stitch may have a meaning. People used to invent a new design for each person. Often, they encrypted names, phrases, or important symbols into the embroidery. Here, on the example of Macedonia, you can see the confirmation.

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Kimono avaJapanese kimono is a unique garment. It differs so much from most other folk costumes around the world. We offer you a very fine collection of modern kimonos, Japanese outerwear, ornate obi belts, and various folk accessories. If you want to know the difference between furisode, homongi, and komon kimono, male and female kimono and obi, or would like to see modern purses with authentic motifs, then this article is just for you.

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Head wrap avaThis is a story told by the young woman from Jamaica. Her name is Lyndsay, and she will share with us her knowledge about the African traditional head wrap that is used throughout African diaspora in the US, the Caribbean, and South America. Head wrap, head tie, headdress, duku, doek, gele, tukwi, musuro, or turban. These are just a few names given to the ornate headscarf worn by Black women across the diaspora.

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Huipil weaving avaIn Guatemala, females still wear their folk clothing and thus, make it themselves. Many of them are descendants from Maya people, so they practice the traditional Maya backstrap weaving. The most intricate and beautiful among Guatemalan national garments is a female blouse called “huipil”. We’re offering you a story about how two skilled Guatemalan artisans – Manuela Canil Ren from Chichicastenango and Esperanza Pérez from San Antonio Aguas Calientes – worked on huipiles typical for their regions.

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Trousers avaAmong archaeological artifacts, there are ancient pieces of clothing and footwear that date back 1,500-6,000 years. Sometimes, they surprise scientists beyond any expectations. For example, lingerie items that resemble modern counterparts, when it is believed that there were no such things as a bra or bikini knickers in Medieval age. Or garments consisting of 20 different fabrics from 700s. Or a 5,000-year-old linen shirt dug from Egyptian grave. Anyway, here you are the oldest clothes in the world.