Maori2 avaIn New Zealand, there is no single official national dress, every ethnic group uses its own folk costumes and has its own clothing traditions. But among the most popular traditional outfits of New Zealand are Māori costumes. These garments, accessories, and jewelry pieces are made from local plants, animal skins, bird feathers, etc, so they’re truly unique and characterize this island country perfectly. Let’s find out how Māori folk clothes look like.

Palestinian embroidery avaPalestinian embroidery styles – and folk clothing styles in general – were formed somewhere around the 2nd-3rd century B.C. and developed throughout the millennia after that. By the 10th century A.D., practically all of the rules, techniques, ornamentation symbols, etc were already established. They changed comparatively little since then. Let’s look at some of the characteristic features of Palestinian needlework. Did you know that a whole lot of European embroidery patterns were brought from the Arab world during the Crusades and incorporated here?

Rita Ora avaTraditional clothing have always been used by various singers around the world for entourage in their music clips because it looks catchy and unusual. In some videos, we see rather accurate authentic clothing or vintage outfits, other artists use stylized costumes inspired by national clothes. But anyway, such costumes add charisma to the video. Just look at these outstanding Albanian-inspired outfits of Rita Ora and her dancers in the official video “Bang”.

Peshawari chappal avaIn Pakistan, there are two main types of traditional shoes worn by men and women. They are Peshawari chappal and khussa. Both are rather unusually shaped and can be extremely decorative. And what’s interesting about such footwear is that these folk shoes appeared centuries ago but are still used in modern Pakistan. Today, Peshawari chappal and khussa are as widely popular among the Pakistani people as they were in the past. We can say this about not so many traditional shoes. But also, Peshawari chappal and khussa are still often handmade using the same techniques as centuries ago, and they are so ornate and lovely.

Creek Moccasins avaMoccasins are widely used traditional shoes of the Native Americans. The size, shape, style, and adornments of this folk footwear can be different, according to the region of origin, tribal customs, available local materials, and simply the taste of the artisan. Still, the pair of moccasins we’ve prepared for you in this post are shaped rather oddly and unusually. These charming Native American moccasins from the early 19th century have a bit of a homey look, and the beaded designs on them are really cute.

possum skin cloak avaAustralian traditional culture is very different from other cultures around the world. And that’s understandable – Australian climate, flora and fauna, history, and lifestyle are truly unique. Most of the world knows too little about this one-country continent and the local traditions. One of the Australian traditional items of clothes used by the local indigenous tribes for thousands of years is a possum skin cloak that was used to protect the body, draw topographic maps, and write the story of its owner’s life.

Indian wedding avaIndia is a large country where many ethnic groups mingle and co-exist. And, of course, each ethnic group has its own official national costume and a whole list of various traditional garments. Let’s see what folk pieces of clothes are used in which states of India. If you think Indian women wear only sarees and men only dhoti and kurta, read this and find out so much more about Indian clothing traditions. There are plenty of wonderful Indian garments.

Spadok6 avaThe traditional attire of Crimean Tatars looks striking. It has so many embellishments and unique features! If to talk about general style, these outfits are the closest to the Ottoman-style clothing. Here’s a wonderful video that shows all details of a Crimean Tatar traditional costume from basic underpinnings to charming accessories. These are authentic vintage garments of a Crimean Tatar woman from the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century.

Nigeria avaIn many African countries, women traditionally wear a colorful and eye-catching headpiece – it is a kind of a turban but draped in a hundred different ways. This cute headdress with typically African prints is very popular both inside of Africa and far outside its borders. Some females use it in daily life, others only as a ceremonial headdress, but most people with African ancestry treasure this item of clothes and consider it to be traditional heritage. At the same time, did you know that some historians believe that a head tie was once imposed on African women by white colonizers?

Japan new ava2The Japanese kimono is one of those traditional garments you can talk about forever, and there will be more and more new curious facts and wonderful information. For example, did you know that the Japanese produced so-called “kimono for foreigners” they exported to Europe? And these robes of a slightly modernized design were extremely fashionable among 19th-century women and especially men. We have a lot more interesting info about kimono in store for you)).

kjolsäck avaThese traditional bags are exceptionally cute and handy. They’re attached to the waist, which is convenient, as your hands remain free and you can easily do the chores while carrying various small items in a bag. The bags are always beautifully decorated with embroidery, applique, braiding, pom-pons, etc. This pouch is called “kjolsäck” and it is traditionally used by Swedish women. Here is a great collection of kjolsäck pocket-style bags from The American Swedish Institute.

Opasek avaThese beautiful and functional broad leather belts were used throughout the Carpathian area in several countries – Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, etc. They were a perfect accessory for men in the highlands. Such belts protected the body, served as back support, were used to carry money and small objects, and even were believed to have some mystical protective capabilities. And also, the design of wide leather belts was extremely artful and decorative – it’s one of the prettiest male accessories ever.

Bridgerton avaA fresh period drama named “Bridgerton” came out at the very end of 2020. It’s been a while since we watched a good movie with rather historically-accurate stage costumes. So, let’s look at them in Bridgerton and see which of 7 500 pieces of clothes made for this series were beautiful and accurate and which not-so-great. We’ll analyze the costumes of Bridgertons, Featheringtons, Simon Basset and his mentor Lady Danbury, and a few other outfits.

Anterija avaIn Bosnia and Herzegovina, there is a very beautiful and ornate folk garment called “anterija”. It is an opulent overdress adorned with a lot of embroidery and decorations. The sleeves of an anterija are especially eye-catching and striking. Let’s take a closer look at this charming piece of traditional clothes. There are male anterija as well, and they are pretty and richly embellished, but female anterija overdresses are the most impressive garments. And in this material, we’ll talk only about women’s anterija.