Floral embroidery avaFloral needlework is very typical for Ukraine and Slavic countries in general. There are literally thousands of floral embroidery patterns created by Ukrainian women’s imagination and skilled hands. They used dozens of needlework techniques and color palettes. We’ve gathered in this post a wide variety of different floral embroidery designs depicted on vintage Ukrainian folk clothing and ceremonial towels. Most of these items are at least 100 years old and exhibited in the local museums.

Scotland4 avaA Scottish kilt is one of the most recognizable and well-known folk outfits around the world. There is so much info about Scottish traditional garments and, sadly, not all of it is true or at least fully accurate. In this post, we want to bust some of the widely-known myths about the kilt, tartan, and Scottish clothing traditions. Like how old a kilt really is? Or did every Scottish clan have their own tartan design?

Tunisian underwear avaIf you’re preparing a school or college paper, coursework, homework assignment, or doing a research on the topic of historical or traditional underpinnings, the website Nationalclothing.org is the right place for you. In this post, we’ve gathered all our articles in one place about male and female underwear (corsets, crinolines, pantaloons, chemises, braies, etc) from different periods, traditional undergarments around the world, and even general fashion ideas on underpinnings. Also, we specified whether you have permission to use the photos from each article. Good luck with your educational project.

Morocco clothing avaThis headscarf worn by Berber tribes of Morocco and other countries is both a functional and ceremonial headwear. It helps protect the face from the desert sand and some Berber men wear it to hide their nose and mouth from strangers. If they don’t have a tagelmust at the moment, they often cover the lower face with bare hands to hide it – that’s how important this turban is. What else do we know about a Berber tagelmust or cheche?

samakaka avaCheerful African prints used in traditional clothes are magnificent. For example, in Angola, there is a tribal fabric called “samakaka” that simply can’t be confused with any other traditional cloth. It has such a catchy and unique print that you’ll make it out even among other African folk prints. And by the way, the samakaka fabric is very popular all around the world, far from Angola’s borders, on different continents these days. Many contemporary garments, especially created by African designers, are made from samakaka cloth.

Warrior armor avaThe history of body armor and military equipment is long and exciting. So many different styles, materials, blacksmithing techniques, decorations! Every period in history and every country has its own typical warrior armor designs and peculiarities. Let’s compare them a bit on the examples of battle armor and ceremonial armor from wonderful The Met Museum collection. Most of these pieces are full body armor of high status warriors, so you can see how different parts of such armor look like.

Yashmak avaIn the past, Turkish Muslim ladies often covered their faces with an almost sheer veil called “yashmak”. Although, such an accessory is today considered a symbol of gender oppression by many. But Turkish women wore this niqab-style item daily. While this tradition is practically gone in Turkey by now, married women in Turkmenistan still use a yashmak these days. What’s your opinion on obligatory face veils for ladies?

A ZTraditional male and female garments in Peru: ajotas, chullo, chumpi, hojotas, jobona, k'eperina, lliklla, melkkhay, montera, pollera, poncho, sombrero, and unkuna. Peruvian traditional outfits are always colorful and vivid, richly decorated with hand-woven designs and embroidery. The Peruvian art of weaving is among the world’s most cheerful and multicolored.

Latvian9 avaA shawl is one of the oldest and cutest garments in world’s fashion history. Women have wrapped themselves in rectangular or triangular pieces of cloth since the ancient times and do it today as well. Traditional shawls, wraps, pelerines, stoles, blankets, and other similar garments are truly handy and beautiful. Elaborate decorations on such traditional items often impress even the most discerning eye. And in some cultures, a shawl or blanket is an essential part of their folk clothing tradition.

HOD hits avaHouse of the Dragon, Season 1 has come and gone but this is the time when we can analyze the movie costumes of the entire season as a whole. Costume designer Jany Temime said that for Season 1, she created 2,000 costumes for the background players and 300 or more for the principal characters. With that amount of costumes, there are certainly going to be some hits and misses. This post is dedicated to the hits, the best stage costumes of the series. And in our next articles, we’ll also talk about the misses.

Ukrainian peasant clothing avaThese photos were made in the early 1910s in central Ukraine (Poltava region) by the photographer Anatoliy Pavlovych who was tortured and murdered in a Soviet NKVD special camp in the 1930s. His photo equipment was among the most high-tech and high-quality in Ukraine at the time. And he wanted to preserve the real look of Ukrainian traditional clothing until people still used these outfits daily. Some of the garments you see in his photos can be found nowhere else – even in museums and other old pictures. So, enjoy these historical photographs.

Tunisian man avaThis traditional cloak originates from Berber outerwear, so it can be found not only in Algeria but also in Morocco, Palestine (although, it’s a women’s cloak in Palestine, with a hood but made in a different design), Tunisia, and other North African countries. In Algeria and Morocco, it’s a male garment and it looks charming, especially a white burnous adorned with embroidery and worn for ceremonial occasions.

Native American avaThe national outfits of Native American Indians are famous worldwide for their striking beading, skillful leathercraft, and spectacular feather warbonnets. Authentic centuries-old Native American clothing can be found mostly in museums and private collections, but if you’re a folk costume lover, you can make or order a modern Native American attire that will look as outstanding as those original outfits. We’ve gathered for you examples of artful modern Native American folk costumes. Although, not always they are actually accurate.

Clogs avaIn the Netherlands, there are 14 provinces and each of them has its own style of national attire, its own traditional accessories, etc. But despite certain features and items of clothing unique for a certain region, there are some general characteristics typical for all Dutch traditional costumes. In this post, we won’t talk about the differences between these regional outfits, rather we’ll look at the common features.