Tunisian traditional jewelry pieces are ornate, rather massive, and very beautiful. They are used not just to adorn the costume of a female but as a means of energetic protection, a way of honoring the ancient tradition, and for economic purposes as well. The jewelry collection of a Tunisian woman equals her private bank account. She’s able to manage it as she likes – buy, sell, barter, present or receive as a gift, etc. Vintage jewels are often transmitted within generations of the family. Modern Tunisian women still prefer the traditional jewelry items to ordinary ones used around the world.
Tunisians value their clothing traditions very much. They still use folk costumes in everyday life. And – what’s more important – they often add some ethnic flavor to modern garments. It helps Tunisians to keep and develop the tradition, to remember their past and look forward to the future. The traditions of the country are so important because that’s what makes the nation unique. Tunisian modern attires on the photos below have such ethnic features as the traditional embroidery patterns, folk headdresses, jewelry typical for this culture, authentic shapes of garments, etc.
Tunisian vintage clothing is precious, not only because of all those gold (embroidery with golden threads, gold embellishments, etc.) but because of its historical value as well. In museums and private collections, we can find unique and unimaginable samples of the traditional outfit of Tunisia. They show us the wealth of Tunisian people and the skillfulness of local craftsmen. Here you are several pieces of vintage women's costumes. Some of them are familiar to our readers, and others may be a surprise.
Tunisians are among the best in the world in creating distinctive signs of their origin. It's not only the design of a veil or dress for women and jebba for men – it's the whole image: clothing, make-up, hair-do, shoes, headdress, jewelry, and accessories. To emphasize their identity, Tunisian people need such clothing crafts as weaving and embroidering. Local craftsmen have achieved excellence in making the most exquisite and high-quality clothing. That's why Tunisians still use the traditional costumes in day-to-day life.
People in different regions of Tunisia often wear radically different outfits. Especially if to talk about women. Traditional clothing typical for some Tunisian cities include long multilayered dresses with intricate headgears, in other cases baggy trousers, short tops and jackets are used, and sometimes traditional Tunisian garments are pretty similar to those worn in European countries today. Here are some photos that illustrate the diversity of vintage outfits used in different regions of Tunisia.
The national costume and traditional crafts are not forgotten in Tunisia even in 21 century. A lot of people still use traditional garments or separate pieces of a folk outfit in day-to-day life. Probably, the main reason for a great popularity of traditional clothing in Tunisia is that such garments were designed considering the weather conditions of this country. They fit perfectly and help locals to cope with the hot sun, sands of the desert and winds (hot and dry from Sahara desert and cool from the Mediterranean Sea). Nevertheless, Tunisians love their traditional costumes and are proud of their national heritage. They usually wear traditional clothing for ceremonies, weddings, religious events and national holidays.