Costume Lviv63 avaOne of the very popular traditional outer garments in Ukraine are bodices, vests, and waistcoats. Such pieces of clothing are demi-season and comfy because they don’t restrict movements but keep your body warm. For centuries, Ukrainian women wore a variety of sleeveless garments, and in different regions, they had their own local names. Here are just some of these ethnic bodices and their traditional names. All of the items are preserved in different Ukrainian folk museums.

African dress avaMany African countries and even separate tribes have striking clothing traditions. And the local folk outfits look so unique and special that you can say without any doubt whether it’s an African traditional garment or not. You won’t find such cheerful prints, beaded jewelry pieces, or eye-catching accessories anywhere else in the world. Although, some African folk garments are more classic, typical, distinct than others. Let’s look at just 5 of them and find out more.

The Northman avaThis fresh historical action movie The Northman shows us rather accurate and cute costumes of the characters. These are traditional Viking costumes, Kyivan Rus’ outfits, berserkers’ clothes, and very curious and unique costumes of mystical creatures and characters, like the Seeress, the Valkyrie, and others. The costume designer and wardrobe team of The Northman made a great effort to create striking show costumes – they even made barefoot shoes for the slaves so that the actors could cope with the cold Scandinavian climate during the filming.

kultapushak avaUzbek traditional costume is really interesting, especially the local textiles. Before the 1920s, there existed rather strict rules about national attire and folk clothing crafts in Uzbekistan – some embellishments were reserved only for wealthy people with high status. Wealthy Uzbek ladies wore many ornate and beautiful garments and accessories. For example, a headpiece for married women called “kultapushak”. Let’s find out what kind of a headdress it is, what it looks like, and what its purpose is.

Liputa avaIn Congo, most ladies pay great attention to their outfits because the looks matter here. If you want to be respected and approved of in Congo, you need a unique and magnificent-looking liputa apparel. It’s the local traditional attire made in a specific fashion. Liputa is always bright and eye-catching, never average. This Congolese traditional and modern folk clothing screams African by its vivid prints and alluring styles.

Boy dress avaFor a modern observer, this tradition or trend might seem so weird – 18th-19th-century toddler boys and girls both wore dresses and long robes of the same cut and design in daily life, with no clear distinction of their gender. But it was the norm and no one thought much of it at the time. Even our ancestors probably were dressed in dresses or long shirts when they still were kids. But why did people do it? Actually, we’ve found a number of explanations, some of which are funny and others sad.

Baltic avaOne of the most curious things about folk costumes is that, historically, they are formed by the local customs, climate, crafts, available materials, and other specific factors for a particular region or even city, town, or village. And it’s always fun to compare traditional clothing from different areas inside the same country. This time, we’re talking about Lithuania and its unique national outfits from 5 Lithuanian ethnographic regions.

Beauty of Xiaohe avaSome ancient mummies of women are so well-preserved that we can see they were real beauties in life. No matter how wealthy these ladies were – and this can easily be determined by their burial outfits – their beauty seems surreal and timeless, especially when you realize that they lived thousands of years ago. Although for us, traditional clothing lovers, the attire of these famous mummies is far more interesting than their facial structure. So, let’s look closer at two wonderful mummies in their ancient apparel – the Beauty of Loulan and the Beauty of Xiaohe.

The Gilded Age avaIf you’re looking for a nice historical series to watch, we can suggest The Gilded Age. Not only history-based and with an interesting plot, but also with a ton of lovely period-accurate outfits. There were about 5000 handcrafted costumes only in the first season of the show. Sure, not all of them were good, which is up for discussion, of course. In this post, we’ll share with you what movie costumes we liked and disliked and why. If your opinion differs from ours, you’re welcome to tell us in the comment section – we’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Krama avaOne of the most symbolic and favorite Cambodian pieces of traditional clothes is the checkered scarf called “krama”. It is an amazing multifunctional and very handy item, so it’s no wonder krama became so popular among Cambodians. You can see it everywhere in the streets, on men, women, and children, wrapped around heads, necks, waists, used to carry goods and babies, etc. Although, a krama is not just a fashionable accessory, it’s a symbol of the Khmer kingdom and what differs the Khmer from their neighbors.

Male embroidery avaSadly, Russian troops in Ukraine are not only killing people and animals and destroying buildings, infrastructure objects, plants, and factories, they’re also destroying our historical sites and cultural objects, including folk museums, together with their collections. Ukrainians are very skilled in the craft of embroidery, so many local museums store vintage needlework samples and embroidered clothing, some of which are extremely rare and valuable. Some of the samples you’ll see in this post are probably already gone because they were stored in folk museums in those cities that suffer from heavy bombings.

Huipil avaIn Latin America, particularly in Guatemala, the traditional craft of weaving is rather highly developed. And one of the most beautiful, ornate, and symbolic hand-woven garments is the huipil, a traditional blouse or tunic adorned with local patterns. These textiles are a great part of Guatemalan folk culture and the diversity of their designs will amaze you. Especially when you realize that most of the patterns originate from the Aztec and Mayan civilizations.

Libyan attire avaIn most countries around the planet, traditional clothing is more often worn in daily life by women than by men. But in Libya, the situation is, surprisingly, the opposite. Libyan ladies prefer a hijab to old authentic costumes, while Libyan men use a number of traditional garments, like, jalabiya, sirwal, jarid, shashiyah, etc. And the reason is, besides maintaining the old traditions, that these pieces of clothes were created for the local climate, lifestyle, weather conditions, and customs. The traditional garments fit Libyan life perfectly, so it’s no wonder they’re rather popular.

Shoes set avaThis wonderful shoes set is from the 1820s-30s and is a very rare item that survived till our time and is stored in a museum. Some American lady wore this set consisting of matching leather ankle boots and leather pattens to protect her feet from sharp stones on unpaved paths. This footwear isn’t actually very pretty, they look rather crude, simple, and somewhat strangely shaped, but they were real salvation for women in the 19th century.