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Fichu avaIn the 1700s, women dressed rather modestly and very doll-like. Particularly in the 1730s and 1740s, they looked like pretty human-sized dolls. One of the loveliest female accessories invented in Europe in the 18th century was a kerchief or delicate shawl called “fichu”. It covered women’s low neckline but in a very intriguing way, as fichus often were made from delicate semi-transparent lace. This cute accessory quickly gained popularity and was favored by women for years and years after.

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tortoise fibula avaVikings used a wide variety of brooches called “fibula” in their outfits. Such jewelry items were used instead of buttons, hooks, and zippers, which weren’t invented yet. And some of these fibulae are works of art, real masterpieces that impress us even today. Among them are so-called “tortoise fibulae” or “turtle brooches” or “oval fibulae” – large and intricately designed brooches worn by Scandinavian women.

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Ukrainian embroidery avaEmbroidering is one of the most widespread and common for various corners of our planet traditional crafts. People have been using embroidery to decorate their clothes for millennia and on every continent. Of course, there are some similar or identical embroidery techniques and patterns, but others are unique and represent a certain country, region, or even community. Sometimes, you can easily tell where a costume came from by its needlework designs alone. So, let’s look at different embroidery samples from various countries around the world. How much do they look alike?

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Udeng avaThe importance of this Balinese headdress for the local religious ceremonies is bigger and more interesting than you might think. White udeng headpiece is worn by Indonesian men when they’re worshiping their gods in the temples – it covers the head and prevents people from losing hairs in these sacred places, which is considered the violation of a temple. So, udeng is much more than just a traditional headwear in Bali. What else curious and symbolic features does the udeng headscarf has?

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Medieval fair avaModern medieval fairs organized by historical reconstructors give us a glimpse of how life looked and felt like hundreds of years before our time. This particular small but lovely fair is dedicated to the Kyivan Rus’ period (the 9th-13th century). You can see replicas of Scandinavian, Byzantine, Slavic, Irish, and other costumes worn by people in Europe 1,000 years ago. Cute kids’ and masculine warriors’ outfits add even more charm to this event.

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Saudi coupleBahraini men and women traditionally wear Arabic-style clothing. Practically the same or very similar garments we can see in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, etc. There are many Muslims in Bahrain, so their everyday and festive clothes always correspond with religious rules and beliefs. Male Bahraini costume is rather conservative and simple, while female garments can be bright, richly bejeweled, and really beautiful.

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Serbian Socks avaThese magnificent folk accessories are among the most precious pieces of Serbian culture – they are traditional double-knit socks embellished with outstanding ornamentation. Each pair of vintage socks is unique, decorated with intricate knit patterns. And, of course, they are a significant part of Serbian national costume. Let’s look at Serbian double-knit socks and find out which tricks and peculiarities they have and how they differ from modern hand-knitted socks and traditional socks of other countries.

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Cruikshank avaDandyism is a fascinating fashion style, the popularity of which in Europe came in the late 18th – early 19th century. British and French gentlemen were especially fond of this trend. We can talk for hours about the pretty features of dandyism, with its high-quality clothes, elaborate accessories, well-groomed skin, hair, and nails, etc. But in this article, we’d like to raise another topic – bizarre and crazy peculiarities of dandy fashion. What pieces of dandy outfits looked ridiculous? And to what extremities some gentlemen went in their desire to be fashionable and copy their icon’s appearance?

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Holland avaNo other folk garment or accessory has as many different designs, styles, and cuts as a headdress. Every country, region, or even village sometimes has its own traditional headpieces. Especially large diversity of hats we see in women’s costumes around the world – from warm winter hats to light coifs to various ceremonial headdresses to headwear constructions that show the marital status, and so on. In this article, we’ll tell you a bit about the so-called “Dutch bonnet” – a beautiful and unique headdress typically worn in some Scandinavian areas.

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Polissia avaA lot of female folk costumes in Ukraine included an apron. It was a festive piece of clothing, a handy garment that protected the skirt and could be easily washed, an item used for extra warmth in winter – a very multifunctional article of clothes. And every woman tried to make her aprons unique and beautiful – they adorned aprons with embroidery, openwork, prints, woven patterns, etc, and used costly fabrics, like silk and gold-cloth, to make them. Each Ukrainian folk apron is gorgeous, and, luckily, many of them survived to this day. Here are a few examples of authentic aprons from museum collections.

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Pelisse avaThese very feminine-looking coats actually derived from military uniforms, particularly from fur-trimmed jackets worn by the 17th-century hussar mercenaries of Hungary. But women can be really imaginative with their attire, so these military garments were restyled with time and cute pelisse coats were created. This outerwear was extremely fashionable in the Regency/Empire era (beginning of the 19th century). Even today, we can find examples of similarly-cut female coats and raincoats used by modern ladies.

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Brazilian avaA lot of people are familiar with sparkly and bright Brazilian carnival outfits, but these are far not the only garments traditionally worn in this country. There are many different folk clothing pieces used by the locals on a daily basis. These garments may be less eye-catching and scandalous-looking, but they are being used in Brazil for centuries and still are among the comfiest articles of clothes today. The local people adapted the clothing styles brought by the colonizers from Europe to Brazilian climate perfectly.

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Lovers Eye avaThis is the second part of the material about Georgian-era jewelry. This time, we’ll talk about various styles of adornments used by the ladies in that period. You should know that they didn’t care a lot about matching different items together – it was perfectly fine to wear totally different jewels all at once. So, what necklaces, earrings, bracelets, pendants, chains, hair jewelry, and other pieces did Georgian-era ladies use? Let’s see. Some of these adornments are so charming and adorable! And remember that every single jewelry piece was handmade at the time.

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Kyrgyz avaThe national costume of Kyrgyzstan hasn’t changed much for the last almost 700 years. A lot of garments remain practically identical to vintage items. But, of course, slight changes occur with time – mainly in decoration and details of the outfit or sometimes in the cut. For instance, modern Kyrgyz folk dresses can be shorter and more fitting, while the traditional embroidery patterns are still used to embellish them. But let’s look at 5 curious features of Kyrgyz national male and female costume.