Attire UA avaThese Ukrainian folk outfits belong to several private collections and are seldom shown to the public. Some of the garments and accessories are truly rare, unique, and valuable. Looking at these costumes, you realize how rich and diverse is Ukrainian culture. Particularly, there are samples of Ukrainian folk crafts of embroidering, weaving, jewelry making, leatherwork, block printing, lacemaking, wedding wreath creating, and so on. The private collectors who own the clothing you see in this post have preserved these items perfectly and very thoroughly.

Yemeni izaar avaIt’s known worldwide that Arab men wear thawbs, loose robes that are so convenient for the local climate and lifestyle. But few people know that sarong-style men’s skirts, typical for the Indian subcontinent and Southeastern countries, are also common in the Arab world. For example, in Yemen, Somalia, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and a number of other countries men traditionally wear such garments as izaar or futah.

quechquemitl avaA poncho is a famous traditional accessory of Mexican people. Everybody have heard about it. At the same time, another shawl-like piece called “quechquemitl” that is just as old and typical for this area stays in the shadow. If you’re not from Mexico or at least South America, there’s a big chance you’ve never even met the word “quechquemitl”, not to talk about any peculiarities of this garment. So, this has to be fixed – let’s find out more about the quechquemitl.

Embroidery avaSometimes, it can be hard to find high-quality photos of Ukrainian needlework patterns so that you could use them to recreate Ukrainian traditional embroidered shirts or other pieces of clothing. We’re always trying to gather such pictures and share them with you, our beloved readers. We know how important it is to preserve and protect the national heritage and cultural achievements of all of the countries around the world. And in this post, we’d love to show you striking vintage needlework designs used by Ukrainian women over a hundred years ago.

Crimean Tatar avaThese two wonderful Crimean Tatar festive outfits are reconstructions of traditional costumes used in Crimea in the late 19th – early 20th century. They’re accurate and rather professionally created. Although, some of the items are real vintage pieces. For example, the women’s filigree belt – a masterpiece among traditional belts around the world. It is decorated with filigree flowers and is fastened in the front. Such a design is very typical for the Crimean Tatar silver jewelry and adornments.

Kontush belt avaThis ornate cloth sash is one of the most distinctive items of Polish, Lithuanian, and Belarusian noblemen’s attire in the 17th-19th centuries. This long, wide, and really luxurious belt showed off the high status of the wearer. But also, a kontush sash was often used as a home décor item – people placed it in the center of the feast table, atop the tablecloth, as a fancy centerpiece. Rarely, articles of clothing are used like this, although many traditional garments and accessories actually look like outstanding decorative items instead of just clothes.

Ghana folk attire avaThe folk outfits in Ghana are really bright and cheerful. You can find the omnipresent in Africa head ties, traditional stoles or blankets, huge sheer sleeves, kente cloth patterns, massive beaded jewelry, and gorgeous large coral bead necklaces. Here are a few photos of lovely men’s and women’s Ghanaian folk outfits used in daily life, for a wedding, as festive and ceremonial attire, etc. When you look at such catchy garments, your mood improves and you get inspired.

khanjar avaWe can find various dress knives that are an integral part of traditional costumes throughout the world. In the Arab world, a khanjar dagger is The One. Its curious shape and opulent décor make this traditional knife a beautiful and sought-after male accessory. Like women dream about gold and silver jewelry, every Omani man wants to own a khanjar, and as ornate as possible. But this ceremonial dagger is not a toy or just a costly adornment, it’s a symbol of manhood, power, and authority, deeply meaningful and symbolic.

Moroccan djellaba avaA djellaba is one of the most favored traditional garments among Moroccan men, although female djellabas are also common. As usual with the Arab countries, the local clothing traditions aren’t limited by the borders of a certain country, so djellaba can be found in Algeria, Tunisia, Lybia, in Berber tribes all around North Africa, and so on. Why is this robe so popular? What’s so special about it? And why does a djellaba have a pointed hood rather than a usual round hood?

1899 avaGerman mystery-science fiction series called “1899” is a show with a rather unexpected plot (by the way, if you haven’t seen this series and are going to, note that there are SPOILERS in this article), lovely historically-accurate stage costumes, and mysterious alchemy symbols applied on the characters’ outfits and jewelry. An interesting thing about the movie costumes of 1899 is that each character has only one set of clothing – no one ever changes into something different from the attire he or she is first seen.

justacorps avaIn the late 17th century in Europe, there appeared a lovely men’s ornate coat called a “justacorps”. It looked a lot like Eastern long jackets worn in India, Persia, and Ottoman Empire. But how so? How did Eastern fashion come to France and England, and did it really influence our modern fashion all that much? Is it true that the justacorps was the predecessor of the men's 3-piece suit we use today? Let’s find out.

Chinese changshan avaThe history of this particular Chinese garment is a bit complicated. The thing is, the changshan robe was brought to China when the Manchus conquered the country and established their rules in everything, including clothing. Chinese men were forced to wear the Manchu hairstyle and traditional dress – the alternative was death. But with time, this formal robe became favored by the locals and gradually turned into the common outfit for weddings, celebrations, official meetings, and even was used as burial attire.

Moroccan attire avaMoroccan men traditionally wear fine loose-fitting robes made from different but usually natural fabrics. The climate of Morocco determines fashion – no one wants to wear jeans and a sweater in a desert. So, both men and women prefer robes to any other style of clothes. If to mention the embellishments on Moroccan garments, you can often see embroidery, sometimes a lot of it. And the blue color, particularly the indigo dye, is very popular and traditional in Moroccan folk clothing culture. Here are some examples of the local male folk outfits.

Galway shawl avaSuch a traditional garment as the shawl is among the oldest pieces of clothing in the world. Basically, it’s a rectangular cloth wrapped around the shoulders for warmth. But it’s amazing how unique and authentic a shawl can be. The design, interwoven patterns, fringe, decorative border, and other adornments can tell a lot about the origin of a particular shawl and the country’s traditional culture. For example, the Galway shawl is sometimes called a velvet or fur shawl, although there is no velvet or fur in it.