Medieval fair avaThe traditional clothing crafts are a great and interesting part of our history. You will definitely learn about spinning, carding wool, weaving, textile dyeing, embroidering, felting, beading, lacemaking, leathercraft, and various other folk clothing crafts at school, in college, or in university. So, we’ve decided to help you with your educational assignments and gather all the info about folk crafts in one place. Also, we’ve specified if you have permission to use the photos from these posts or not. Doing homework can be exciting.


General topics

Folk clothing crafts: felting, spinning, weaving, knitting, and netting

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Inuit traditional clothing and folk crafts

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Ukrainian traditional handicrafts. Interview with Vira Nakonechny, famous craftswoman

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Cherokee clothing in 1800-1840. Spinning, weaving, beading

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Traditional textile of Chinese Li people: spinning, dyeing, weaving, and embroidering

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Native American Indian artifacts tell little stories about the lifestyle of Indian tribes

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How body lice helped determine when people started to wear hand-woven clothes

 

 

Textile making

History of textile. What fibers were used throughout millennia to make fabric?

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How to make linen fabric from flax

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Ugandan traditional craft of barkcloth making. How to make fabric from tree bark

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Batik from Java island. The craft of making Indonesian batik

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Textile tradition of Uzbekistan. Uzbek folk weaving and embroidery

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How native Peruvian people make clothes and items from Alpaca wool. 1000 years ago recipes!

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Indonesian traditional batik – what is it and how is it used?

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Textile dyeing

What natural dyes were used for embroidery threads in the 19th century?

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Indian block printing on the fabric. Traditional handicraft is still used to dye textiles

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Ukrainian indigo blue embroidery. Only one region traditionally used indigo-dyed threads

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African traditional Mud cloth – fabric dyed with mud. Yes, really!

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Japanese kasuri – Japanese tie-dye textile similar to ikat

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The art of tie-dye and batic in Gambia. Traditional dyeing with indigo and kola nuts

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Weaving

Types of weaving looms. Choose the one for you

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History and cute examples of horizontal weaving looms

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Old tools for spinning and weaving. Our grams and great-grams used such tools to make clothes

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Vintage wooden spinning and weaving tools

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Weaving on 18th-century so-called “barn loom”

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Backstrap weaving tutorial from El Salvador

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Old Ukrainian spinning and weaving tools. 5,000-year-old loom

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Ikat silk weaving in Thailand. Traditional Thai craft

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Amazigh or Berber weaving and embroidery. Loom, patterns, colors, and garments

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Traditional weaving in Peru. The main clothing craft of Quechua people

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Folk clothing crafts of Oaxaca, Mexico. Traditional Mexican weaving and embroidering

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Golden spider silk textile. The craft of making fabric from spiderweb

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Cambodian textile got a second life. Cambodian traditional silk ikat weaving

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Yuki-tsumugi weaving technique. How to make Japanese hand-woven silk fabric

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Secrets of Egyptian Naqada hand weaving

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Korean traditional Ramie Cloth weaving. One of the most complicated and hard-working crafts in Korea

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Folk culture and crafts of Tboli people, Mindanao, the Philippines

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The craft of weaving huipiles – female tunics of Guatemala – might vanish because of a huge market of underpriced secondhand huipiles

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Vintage wooden looms are still used by Ukrainian craftsmen

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Tunisian traditional clothing crafts: weaving and embroidering

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5 Interesting facts about the British 18th-19th-century hand-weaving industry


Anyone can try weaving on 150-year-old loom in Ukrainian museum

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How to weave Scottish tartan on a loom. Tips and tricks for weaving tartan

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Silk weaving in India. How Chettinad silk sari is made

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How to weave on a traditional Scottish weaving loom

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Indian folk weaving. Making of khadi fabric

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Emirati traditional weaving. Bedouin weaving technique Al Sadu

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The art of Zapotec weaving. Ancient Mexican weaving techniques

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Spinning and making yarn

Old tools for spinning and weaving. Our grams and great-grams used such tools to make clothes

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Vintage wooden spinning and weaving tools

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Spinning yarn on a wheel. Nice tutorial for various methods of spinning

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Ancient craft of carding wool. How did they make threads from sheep wool?

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The art of spinning in Scotland. Scottish drop spindle is called “dealgan”

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Traditional spinning tools and techniques of the Vikings

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Lacemaking

Reticella and Punto in aria lace techniques. Italian first true lace

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French lace. Vintage lace baby bibs

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Traditional craft of lacemaking in Croatia

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Lefkaritika or Lefkara Lace – handmade lace traditionally made on Cyprus

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19th-century lace collars – expensive and ornate openwork masterpieces

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Female and kid 19th-century clothes were often adorned with lace

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Samples of vintage French, Belgian, and Italian lace

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Leathercraft

Leathercraft in Ukraine. Stunning vintage leather and sheepskin outerwear and accessories

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Opasek, chimir, cheres – striking wide and ornate highlander’s belt in the Carpathian mountains

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Uncovering the hidden museum collection. Various Ukrainian traditional shoes

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Embroidery

The craft of embroidery around the world. Top-5 countries with simple but elegant embroidery patterns

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Embroidery around the world. Samples of traditional embroidery on folk clothing of different countries

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Emirati talli embroidery technique. Authentic Bedouin craft in the Arab world

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Talli embroidery – famous Emirati women’s folk craft

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How to make business on handicraft. Tibetan-style embroidery

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Bouyei embroidery. Traditional craft of Bouyei ethnic group in China

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Who says embroidery is woman's work? Ukrainian craftsman has a 20 years long experience in embroidering

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Folk embroidery and paper-cutting in Poland. Comparison of Polish and Chinese handicrafts

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The craft of embroidery in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Blue Zmijanje embroidery

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Chinese ancient craft of tin embroidery – Miao embroidery

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Miao embroidery is the only native written language Miao people have

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Tunisian traditional clothing crafts: weaving and embroidering

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Crimean Tatar crafts and clothing

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Textile tradition of Uzbekistan. Uzbek folk weaving and embroidery

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Kazakh traditional embroidery patterns. What inspired them to create such ornaments?

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Indian traditional needlework. Phulkari, chikankari, kashida, and kantha embroidery styles

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Unusual embroideries on Ukrainian ceremonial towels can kill depression

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Belarusian traditional embroidery – patrimonial sings, meaningful symbols, and centuries-old patterns

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Ukrainian traditional embroidery patterns on vintage clothing. Most beautiful needlework designs

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Palestinian traditional embroidery techniques, stitches, and patterns

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Traditional embroidery and openwork on Ukrainian ceremonial towels

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Ukrainian floral embroidery on vintage women’s shirts. Embroidered flowers can be so cute!

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Secrets of Palestinian embroidery. Needlework in Palestine after 1948

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Authentic embroidery patterns in Kazakhstan

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Whitework and openwork on Ukrainian embroidered shirts. Close-ups of gorgeous embroidery patterns

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Hutsul embroidered shirts called “sleeves”. The art of embroidery in Western Ukraine

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Vintage women’s shirts with red, white, and black embroidery from Central Ukraine

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Cute embroidery patterns on vintage Ukrainian women’s shirts

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Delicate samples of Ukrainian embroidery

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Authentic and modern embroidery designs. Ukrainian delicate whitework and bright patterns

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Romanian embroidery and female traditional clothing from Transylvania

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Traditional embroidery patterns in Tajikistan

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Ukrainian traditional embroidery patterns and their almost forgotten meaning

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Folk embroidery in Korea: traditional patterns and styles of embroidery

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The art of Tibetan and Qiang embroidery

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Traditional ornaments of ancient Macedonian embroidery. Encrypted symbols and names of Gods

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Chinese traditional hair embroidery. Long human hair serves as threads

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Chinese traditional Royal Hang Embroidery – beautiful and sophisticated art

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Traditional embroidery and folk costumes of the Hungarian Matyó community

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Hungarian traditional embroidery. Hungarian diaspora in the US showed the best embroidery patterns

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Vintage patterns of Ukrainian traditional embroidery. Best embroidery designs ever. Part 1

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Vintage designs of Ukrainian traditional embroidery. Best embroidery patterns ever. Part 2

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Palestinian tatriz patterns in several large regions and their unique features

 

 

Felting

The craft of felting. A lot of folk garments around the world are made using felting technique

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Beadwork

Native American beadwork. When did they begin to do beading?

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Cherokee clothing in 1800-1840. Spinning, weaving, beading

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Umutsha – decorative Zulu beaded belt. African traditional beadwork

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