Partlet avaAround the 16th century, wealthy ladies and ordinary peasant women wore a very cute and handy clothing accessory – a partlet. It covered the low decollete of a dress and looked charming. Especially those costly and fancy partlets of the royals and high-status ladies that were decorated with gold embroidery, pearls and gems, fine lace, etc. By the way, the story behind the term “partlet” is also curious, connected with a hen.

Oman avaThe national outfit of Oman is truly elegant. This is a country of the Arab world, so the folk clothing here is rather modest and typical for the Muslim culture. Although Omani men’s traditional attire might be one of the most graceful and stylish in the whole Middle East. Take, for example, these blindingly white robes, a charming khanjar dagger in its silver and encrusted scabbard, a lovely male turban of just the right size, not too big and not too small, and so on. Any man seems taut and slender in this apparel.

Sri Lankan men ava2The traditional attire of any nation is obviously always used, preserved, and estimated the most by people of this nation or ethnic group. Some people even don’t approve of foreigners wearing other countries’ folk outfits. But trying on the traditional clothing of another country can be a great experience – you understand that culture better, find common features with your own folk dress, and can see peculiarities that can be incorporated in your contemporary or national attire. Here are the top-5 interesting male folk costumes from around the world that are worth experiencing by yourself.

weaving loom avaWeaving fabric is one of the oldest folk clothing crafts that exist. People did it millennia ago and continue to do it today, although our modern fabrics are industrially woven for the most part. But some artisans and enthusiasts make hand-woven cloth these days as well. If you would like to try, the first thing you need to know is what type of weaving loom to choose. There are several basic types of looms, and we’ll discuss their peculiarities here.

Greenland2 avaSome folk accessories are so significant for a certain culture that they become the centerpiece of traditional attire, the item you notice first. For a Greenlandic national costume, this special accessory is a yoke – a huge beaded collar you can see on the local women. And it’s not something archaic or old-fashioned, Greenlandic ladies, young maidens and elderly women, still wear yokes with their traditional clothing and even with contemporary outfits.

Demiseason avaUkrainian ladies of all ages traditionally wore rather curious demi-season outer garments. These bodices and jackets are used in Ukraine since the 16th-17th century and are a very important part of the local traditional attire. In public, women didn’t walk around in just an embroidered shirt, they always covered their upper body with some kind of outerwear, like kersetka, yupka, tsurkanka, bunda, keptar, and so on. It’s a pity most vintage outer garments that survived to this day are from the 19th – early 20th century. Still, they look lovely and are cutely adorned. Here are a few samples.

Venezuela folk dance avaThousands of people around the planet are involved in folk dancing – they learn how to dance either their own traditional dance or a folk dance of another country. And to perform the traditional dance, you need to look accordingly, meaning you need to wear the folk dress of this country. The costume is one of the main features of any folk dance. So, we decided to gather in this post all the info we have about folk dance outfits. Use whatever you need for your research and don’t be afraid to try folk dancing – it’s fun. We also specified whether you have permission to use the photos from these articles or not.

German cap avaIn the 18th-19th century, German ladies – both peasants and high-status women – traditionally covered their hair with various headdresses. And tight-fitting caps richly adorned with decorations were among the most popular items. These headpieces kept the hair in place, gave a woman the appropriate appearance, and looked beautiful. There were even so-called “gold caps” that were so densely embroidered with metallic threads that they shone like the sun.

Wedding attire avaHappy couples on their wedding day look even more outstanding and glorious when they’re wearing the traditional outfit of their country. As you know, wedding clothing has always been the most ornate and embellished among the traditional garbs, so they attract attention and adoration everywhere the couple goes. Let’s look at some really beautiful traditional wedding costumes from Asia, Africa, and Europe. These brides and grooms chose to wear national clothes on the day of their wedding and probably never regreted it.

Sri Lankan groom avaSri Lanka is one of the rare countries where the groom’s attire is often more eye-catching and ornate than the bride’s wedding dress. For example, Sri Lankan grooms wear exclusive velvet sets consisting of a short jacket and a 4-corner hat of unusual design, both richly adorned with gold embroidery. The symbols depicted on these garments are traditional and have a deep meaning. Sri Lankan brides are very feminine and beautiful in their sarees, but as for me, the grooms outshine them seriously, and then some.

Military avaFeel free to use the website Nationalclothing.org for your reenactment projects, school papers, college courseworks, homework assignments, and various educational projects regarding the clothing traditions and culture of different countries and historical eras. To help you find the right info, we’ve gathered all our articles about military uniforms, warrior armor, weapons that are elements of traditional attire, etc. Also, we specified whether you have permission to use the photos from these articles or not.

Kalfak avaThe kalfak headdress used by Tatar women is one of the most popular women’s accessories in Tatarstan. This cap remained in use even when most ladies switched their folk outfits with modern “city clothing” in the early-mid 20th century. Traditional kalfaks became smaller but just as ornate and cute, although the shape of this hat might seem a bit unusual to strangers. And despite the Russian gradual depersonalization of invaded nations (Tatarstan was invaded by Russia in the mid-16th century), some elements of Tatar national dress, such as a kalfak cap, are still alive, barely.

Red Wedding avaThe movie costumes in the Red Wedding episode of Game of Thrones actually aren’t Emmy Award-winning, but some of them are rather cute and attractive, while others seem strange and out of place. Unfortunately, the color grading of the outfits and the lighting in the show are poor, so we often can’t enjoy the beauty of these show costumes fully. Still, let’s take a closer look at the top-10 GOT Red Wedding costumes so that we could praise or criticize each and every attire to our heart’s content.

longyi avaTraditional clothing of many Southeast Asian countries includes wrap-around skirts instead of pants and shorts. The climate here is very hot and humid, so extra airing is comfy for the body and people often use loose clothes. In Myanmar (Burma), both men and women wear a wrap-around cloth around their lower body called “longyi” (lon chee). There are various ways of draping it and, sometimes, longyi is sewn into a tube for convenience.