Aboriginal avaAustralia is a very special country regarding the history, flora and fauna, culture, and traditions. And if you want to find out more about all mentioned, you definitely should visit (in person or at least via online virtual tours) one or more of Australian folk museums. Their collections show both the aboriginal Australian culture (so old and so unique) and the period of European settlers coming to this faraway land in the early 1600s and throughout the 18th-20th century. Australia is a multicultural and multiethnic country, so it’s very interesting to learn Australian clothing traditions throughout the millennia of its existence.

shirt buckle avaWomen of different ethnic groups and different countries have been using jewelry with their national clothing throughout human history. At the same time, men wear considerably fewer jewels. Still, there are some really nice pieces. For example, in Poland, males of particular regions traditionally wore cute shirt buckles and shirt collar studs to fasten their folk shirts. Very few of them survived to this day, so we decided to exclusively show you these jewelry items preserved in Polish folk museums.

tortoise fibula avaThe Viking women adored necklaces. A 10th-century Arab once said that the Vikings would “go to any length to get hold of colored beads” (Wernick, 94). So, colorful glass-beaded necklaces, stone necklaces, gold and silver beads were extremely popular in Scandinavia. Also, remember that Viking women wore traditional suspended dresses called “hangerock” with an obligatory row of beads at the chest – they hang different small useful items there, such as needles, scissors, keys, a whetstone, etc. So, beaded necklaces were deeply incorporated into the Scandinavian culture.

Sporran avaScotland of one of those countries that preserve their old traditions very carefully and thoroughly. The locals love their folk clothing and often use it, especially for such special occasions as weddings, funerals, official events, large national holidays, etc. Besides, Scots have a serious number of local folk museums where everybody can see Scottish traditional attire. Here’s a list of such museums.

Spainish dress avaThere are 17 regions in Spain, each of them has its own clothing traditions and the local folk dress, historically formed and preserved till this day. Sometimes, these outfits differ dramatically. Of course, there are dozens of curious and unique Spanish traditional garments, accessories, and jewelry pieces. But we wanted to choose 5 most typical and most interesting items of folk clothing to tell you about so that you could have an idea of how the national costume of Spain looks like. And this is our top-5 most typical Spanish traditional garments.

Maori2 avaIn New Zealand, there is no single official national dress, every ethnic group uses its own folk costumes and has its own clothing traditions. But among the most popular traditional outfits of New Zealand are Māori costumes. These garments, accessories, and jewelry pieces are made from local plants, animal skins, bird feathers, etc, so they’re truly unique and characterize this island country perfectly. Let’s find out how Māori folk clothes look like.

Palestinian embroidery avaPalestinian embroidery styles – and folk clothing styles in general – were formed somewhere around the 2nd-3rd century B.C. and developed throughout the millennia after that. By the 10th century A.D., practically all of the rules, techniques, ornamentation symbols, etc were already established. They changed comparatively little since then. Let’s look at some of the characteristic features of Palestinian needlework. Did you know that a whole lot of European embroidery patterns were brought from the Arab world during the Crusades and incorporated here?

Rita Ora avaTraditional clothing have always been used by various singers around the world for entourage in their music clips because it looks catchy and unusual. In some videos, we see rather accurate authentic clothing or vintage outfits, other artists use stylized costumes inspired by national clothes. But anyway, such costumes add charisma to the video. Just look at these outstanding Albanian-inspired outfits of Rita Ora and her dancers in the official video “Bang”.

Peshawari chappal avaIn Pakistan, there are two main types of traditional shoes worn by men and women. They are Peshawari chappal and khussa. Both are rather unusually shaped and can be extremely decorative. And what’s interesting about such footwear is that these folk shoes appeared centuries ago but are still used in modern Pakistan. Today, Peshawari chappal and khussa are as widely popular among the Pakistani people as they were in the past. We can say this about not so many traditional shoes. But also, Peshawari chappal and khussa are still often handmade using the same techniques as centuries ago, and they are so ornate and lovely.

Creek Moccasins avaMoccasins are widely used traditional shoes of the Native Americans. The size, shape, style, and adornments of this folk footwear can be different, according to the region of origin, tribal customs, available local materials, and simply the taste of the artisan. Still, the pair of moccasins we’ve prepared for you in this post are shaped rather oddly and unusually. These charming Native American moccasins from the early 19th century have a bit of a homey look, and the beaded designs on them are really cute.

possum skin cloak avaAustralian traditional culture is very different from other cultures around the world. And that’s understandable – Australian climate, flora and fauna, history, and lifestyle are truly unique. Most of the world knows too little about this one-country continent and the local traditions. One of the Australian traditional items of clothes used by the local indigenous tribes for thousands of years is a possum skin cloak that was used to protect the body, draw topographic maps, and write the story of its owner’s life.

Indian wedding avaIndia is a large country where many ethnic groups mingle and co-exist. And, of course, each ethnic group has its own official national costume and a whole list of various traditional garments. Let’s see what folk pieces of clothes are used in which states of India. If you think Indian women wear only sarees and men only dhoti and kurta, read this and find out so much more about Indian clothing traditions. There are plenty of wonderful Indian garments.

Spadok6 avaThe traditional attire of Crimean Tatars looks striking. It has so many embellishments and unique features! If to talk about general style, these outfits are the closest to the Ottoman-style clothing. Here’s a wonderful video that shows all details of a Crimean Tatar traditional costume from basic underpinnings to charming accessories. These are authentic vintage garments of a Crimean Tatar woman from the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century.

Nigeria avaIn many African countries, women traditionally wear a colorful and eye-catching headpiece – it is a kind of a turban but draped in a hundred different ways. This cute headdress with typically African prints is very popular both inside of Africa and far outside its borders. Some females use it in daily life, others only as a ceremonial headdress, but most people with African ancestry treasure this item of clothes and consider it to be traditional heritage. At the same time, did you know that some historians believe that a head tie was once imposed on African women by white colonizers?