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Cambodia avaAsian countries have a lot in common, especially in traditional clothing. Of course, their cultures vary pretty much, but national costumes are often very similar. We'd like to tell you about five interesting Asian countries and their traditions in clothing. Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, and Brunei. Can you name their national attire? After reading this article, you will.

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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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Daily hanfu avaThis is a story of one Chinese girl Tongzhou Zhuo (or Jerry) who lives in Australia right now and is promoting the Chinese traditional hanfu – national dress of China. She knows a lot about her native costume and is glad to share with other people. She will speak about the difference between the daily hanfu and the traditional hanfu, about the hairdos worn with a hanfu, about funny and not very pleasant situations that happened with her when she was wearing a hanfu, etc. In short, it’s always interesting to learn someone’s POV and the story of life.

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Miao avaThe Miao people, who live in China, pass their legends, traditions, and history with a help of embroidery – they don’t have their own written language. The Miao embroidery patterns are diverse and symbolic. Also, the craft of making a Miao folk costume is so time-consuming that it can take the whole life, or even several generations, to make one. But the result is absolutely stunning. Their clothing pieces are so bright, rich, and beautiful that you can spend hours examining them and singling out the images and symbols in the embroidery.

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Li Weaving avaIn China, there is an interesting ethnic group – Li people. Traditionally, they master in growing cotton and producing cotton weavings. Local women are involved in every stage of the process. It is so exciting to watch these females work with authentic tools, use old traditional weaving techniques and patterns, wear their folk costumes, etc. It’s a pity that every year fewer and fewer Li women learn how to work with handicrafts.

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Hair embroidery avaI’ll never tire to say that the Chinese culture can be unique and even strange for a European, American, or African mind. But the combination of Chinese and Tibetan cultures is doubly remarkable. See for yourself. This article is dedicated to a really extraordinary craft – hair embroidery. The craftswoman uses her hair as threads. Though, it’s not a joke or some eccentric modern art – it’s an ancient craft that is based on a deep meaning and symbolism, on mantras, and spirituality.

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kuitou avaChinese traditional opera is very unique. And one of the most important crafts in this area is the headdress making. The headgear used by Chinese actors is gorgeous – massive pieces are richly decorated and eye-catching but extremely lightweight at the same time. It requires a great skill to produce a good kuitou – traditional headdress used in Chinese opera. The craftsmen invent the design, produce every piece by hand, and alter it at the request of the actor who uses the kuitou.

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Chinese wed avaThe most special clothing. Maybe you’ll only wear it once in your life. The most important dress in a woman’s life – a wedding gown. China has some strong tradition regarding the folk wedding dress. For instance, the color of the main garment should be red and the embroidery is made in gold threads. Every Chinese wedding outfit is perfect in its authenticity and peculiar Oriental beauty.

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Dynasty avaThe history of China displays a huge list of rulers and ruling dynasties. Each of them had its own features, cultural values, customs, and clothing traditions. The latter is the most important for us. Let’s see the difference between the folk costume of various Chinese dynasties, including the main garments, outerwear, headdresses, accessories, hairdos, and other items of the traditional outfit of China. We’ve got some great photos to illustrate the diversity of Chinese national garments.

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Royal Hang Embroidery avaRoyal Hang Embroidery is an ancient and exquisite craft. It appeared 1,000 years ago and is practiced ever since. This embroidery technique was used to adorn the garments of Chinese royalty. The craftsmen (and this is a rare technique of embroidering that’s made by men) make complicated and ornate artworks, rather than just ornamentation. These embroidery designs look like embossed paintings. We’re sure you haven’t seen anything like this in your life.

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Hanfu avaChinese hanfu is an exquisite folk clothing. Both male and female garments look very sophisticated, ornate, and authentic. By the way, the hanfu had a strong influence on the Korean and Japanese folk costumes. This attire definitely is the pride of Asian countries, far beyond the borders of China. And its main advantage over the European fashionable clothing (with all those corsets, breastplates, and bodices) is that hanfu isn’t health-threatening – it allows the body to function freely.

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Tin embroidery avaHave you ever heard about the tin embroidery? There is only one place in the world where it is made: Guizhou Province in China. Local craftswomen know this unique technique of embroidering, but even here, the Miao embroidery is on the verge of disappearing. Use your chance to learn more about it.

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Qixiong Ruqun avaQixiong Ruqun is a nice Chinese garment with a surprising background. There is a special reason why its waistband is above the breasts. And you’ll be surprised by this reason. Intrigued? Then read on. We’ll also show you how to put this delicate garment on considering all of the rules and peculiarities.

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Tradithional Chinese clothings1How do Asian-Americans feel when they wear the traditional clothes of their ancestors for the first time? Are they comfortable? embarrassed? excited? Do they feel the connection to their roots better? Here you are several short interviews that will answer all of the questions. It’s so sweet.