Byzantine jewelry avaAuthentic Byzantine jewelry items look stunning and costly – they’re usually massive gold adornments encrusted with gemstones, pearls, and enamels. And in most cases, these jewels have some reference to Christianity because Byzantine was a deeply Christian state. Byzantine jewelry is usually made in the form of necklaces and chains, earrings, finger rings (often, signets), bracelets, ornate clasps and buttons for clothing, brooches, pendants, etc. And these pieces are typically extremely intricate, created using various complicated jewelry making techniques. Like Byzantine jewelry you’ll find below.

Greenland avaA lot of people think that the folk clothing in Greenland is very simple and roughly made from animal skins only, but you’d be surprised at how colorful and richly decorated these outfits are. Skillfully-made floral embroidery, large beaded jewelry pieces and trimmings, fine silks, and, of course, various fur – all of this and more you’ll see on Greenlandic national costumes. They are more vibrant and detailed than seems possible for such a harsh, although picturesque, environment.

folklorico costume avaMexican traditional dances are called folklorico dance or ballet folklórico. They’re passionate, cheerful, and very colorful. Mexican ladies wear opulent and bright dresses with wide skirts, floral prints, ruffles, decorated with ribbons, lace, embroidery, and other embellishments. A folklorico dancing woman looks like a large splash of color moving around – so pretty and full of life. The variety of folklorico costumes is truly impressive, and every lady tries to create a unique and eye-catching attire that would suit her personality. Here is a selection of Mexican ballet folklórico dresses that caught our attention.

josta avaThis hand-woven belt is very symbolic and sacred in Latvia. From just a regional item of clothing, it turned into Latvian national symbol, and now its patterns occur on Latvian souvenirs, ceramics, T-shirts, mitts, hats, and even tattoos. There are 74 known variations of josta belt, all of them studied and preserved in Latvian National History Museum. But the most unusual and curious thing about this sash is that when Latvians pick one to buy, they close their eyes, move a hand over belts with different patterns, and try to feel the right josta (they say they know it by the feeling of warmth).

Save Ukraine avaTomorrow will be the 100th day of Russian-Ukrainian war. 100 days of fighting for freedom, 100 days of loosing people we love, 100 days of tears, fear, and anger, but also, 100 days of survival and heroic efforts to protect our land, our culture, and our honor. Are you sure you’ve personally done enough to help Ukraine defend European values and security? Because if Ukraine fails to hold back and fight down Russia, your cities will be bombed next, your houses will be destroyed next, your children will be raped and killed next. That’s for sure, even Russian government itself admits it, so make sure this global world’s enemy is stopped in Ukraine and war doesn’t get to your country.

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.