Helmet avaIn different periods and different countries, warriors wore some kind of protection in battle – armor. A very important and noticeable part of any armor is head protection. A huge variety of helmet designs exist, their styles changed throughout human history, new materials were invented, new decoration techniques appeared, new warrior fashion trends emerged. And, of course, we see the cultural peculiarities of various helmets because every one of them was handmade by some craftsman who used his skill, knowledge, tradition, etc. So sometimes, warrior helmets are extremely different from one another. Like these helmets, we’ve found for you.

Ukrainian embroidered apron avaUp to the mid-20th century, aprons were among the most popular pieces of women’s clothing – everyday, festive, traditional ensembles, etc. Aprons were used throughout the world, practically in every corner of our planet. Women of any social class, status, financial position, and ethnic group wore aprons of different design. Why is that? Why so many females added an apron to their outfit? If this garment had an entirely practical purpose, queens and high-status noblewomen wouldn’t wear it, but they did! We see so many ornate lace aprons in the photos and portraits, for instance, from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Spats avaThese two shoe accessories are very similar – they cover the leg and the footwear and protect them from mud and moisture, but they’re not the same. Spatterdashes and gaiters were used as a military uniform item for a long time; civilian men and women commonly wore them as well in the 19th-20th century. Besides, they were very stylish and fashionable accessories. Let’s look at the vintage spats and gaiters, compare them, and find the differences.

Korea avaIn May 2021, the 69th Miss Universe contest was held. The loveliest women from different countries around the world competed in beauty. But what interests us, is always the costumes)). Every year, it’s fun to observe the contestants’ National Costume Competition where they show their traditional clothing or outfits inspired by something that represents their country. We’ve chosen for this post those costumes closest to national dress or that feature some cute folk accessories. Anyway, enjoy the beauty of women and their wonderful outfits!

Eleanor Frances Dixie avaEuropean ladies in the mid-18th century wore very unique and strangely-shaped hats. They’re called a “bergere hat” or a “milkmaid hat”. We can see them in many paintings from the period. Also, we know that Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France before the French Revolution, wore these hats as well – they fit her pastoral look. What differs bergere hats from various other hat styles? How did they look like? Who wore them? And why were they associated with shepherdesses and milkmaids when being used by queens? Let’s find out the answers.

Wari hat avaThere are not so many folk costume artifacts of South American indigenous ethnic groups that survived to our time. Especially of such little-known peoples as the Wari people. This bright hat with a square crown and 4 tufts at the top is an ancient traditional headdress of high-status men. It is an authentic Peruvian accessory dated the 7th-9th century. And it is stored in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). Let’s take a closer look at this headpiece.

Adidas Mummy bag avaIf you’ve read our article Mongolian millennium-old mummy in Adidas-style shoes. Whaaat?!l, you already know that this mummy had in her grave not only probably the most trendy shoes but also a very fashionable felt clutch. Bags, similar in design, we see in such designer lines as Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Prada. But this particular clutch was produced 1,100 years ago. This truly impressed us. What do you think about such a high fashion mini bag used by a millennium-old seamstress? Even then, women did their best to wear stylish clothes and accessories.

thailand avaThere are not so many folk clothing museums in Thailand, so when traveling to this country, don’t miss these few folk museums, especially if you’re interested in traditional costumes. You can’t understand another country’s culture fully without learning at least something about its national apparel. Folk clothes can tell us so much. Besides, Thai folk costume museums are really interesting. So, while visiting Thailand, go to a folk museum because there are so many unique and curious objects displayed there – intricate gold jewelry, colorful costumes, various traditional weapons, frightening ceremonial masks, vintage skillfully-made accessories, dolls in folk garments, etc.

Anne Lister24 avaIn the mid-19th century, there was a specific fashionable style of overcoats. It is called “carrick” or “garrick” and it really looks charming. But what’s so special about it? What unique feature does this coat have that differentiates it from other greatcoats used in the same period? And did it have female equivalents or was it entirely male outerwear? Let’s do a little research.

Tunisian girl avaTraditional clothes are those garments worn in a certain country or region for centuries. These outfits were handmade in the past, and practically every family sewed, wove, embroidered, knitted, or otherwise created their everyday and festive clothing. Of course, children also needed something to wear, so kid folk costumes were made along with the outfits for adults. But usually, we know less about traditional children’s wear of a foreign country because these garments are often less elaborate and ornate, there are fewer survived samples in museums, etc. So, let’s look at some national kid costumes – believe us, such outfits are adorable and worth your attention.

Ukrainians avaAt the beginning of the 20th century, a lot of men, women, and kids in Ukraine wore traditional clothes in daily life and especially for special occasions. In rural areas, handmade folk outfits were in use until the mid-1900s, while in cities and even some towns, people already switched their traditional clothes for modern industrially-made garments. Many old photos depicting people in national Ukrainian outfits (single men or women, newlyweds, and whole families) survived to this day. Their folk costumes show the regional differences in clothing tradition.

Ligisa Luo avaMany indigenous tribes around the world use traditional techniques of beadwork to decorate their headpieces, bags, and to make jewelry. And African peoples – Kenyans among them – are also extremely skilled in beading. They create wonderful headdresses covered with beadwork patterns. Another typical feature of Kenyan accessories is that these people have learned to use any available material to make the needed pieces of clothing in their hot and resources-poor environment. That’s why such materials as wood, plant fibers, car tires, animal hides, and bird feathers are traditionally used to make shoes, headdresses, bags, belts, etc.

A ZTraditional pieces of the male and female national costumes in Morocco: abaya, baboush, balgha, burka, burnoose, cheich, deraa, dfina, djellaba, fez, gandora, haik, hijab, kaftan, melhfa, niqab, tagelmoust, tarbouche, tahruyt, tahtia, takshita, taqiyah, and qandrissi.

cosplay skateboarder avaThe cosplay skateboarder became a real YouTube star recently. He’s a Chinese young man making lovely skateboard performances dressed in traditional clothes and other striking costumes. When skateboarding, he wears Chinese traditional outfits, various cosplay costumes, military uniforms, Chinese opera costumes, and even women’s everyday hanfu (female flowing skirts look wonderful when he does tricks) – a whole variety of different eye-catching ensembles. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should watch this video asap.