Cambodian headdress avaThe traditional clothing and accessories are so diverse and unique that you can easily tell in most cases what country or ethnic group it belongs to. Such garments attract our attention in the streets immediately, unlike most contemporary outfits, because they’re usually bright, richly embellished, and often have a rather unusual shape. Especially headwear – folk headpieces are among the most extravagant items of traditional attire. Like these 5 headdresses we offer you to see.

Spin weave avaIn Ukraine, spinning and weaving using the simplest tools were widely common until the mid-20th century. Even today, there are many craftswomen and craft shops that continue to weave the fabric on simple 4-post wooden weaving looms. You can buy hand-spun yarn and hand-woven cloth at folk festivals and through the internet. But it’s more of a hobby or a rare profession than an everyday lifestyle, while in the past, practically every woman could spin and weave and produced clothes for the family herself. And here are the tools she used daily. Each one is unique, handmade, and has its character.

Snake jewelry avaVarious jewelry in the shape of a snake is classic and everlasting. You can see it in different cultures throughout the world and in different historical periods. Since ancient times, a snake was respected and arresting animal, there were also strong healing associations with snakes, so snake jewelry was popular in Ancient Egypt, Roman Empire, Ancient Greece, Western Asia, medieval Europe, 16th-19th-century Europe, etc. And such jewelry pieces are still common today. Let’s look at some of the most pretty and distinctive snake-shaped jewels created by humanity.

Mokorotlo hat avaYou can find the image of this traditional straw hat on the Lesotho flag and on Lesotho license plates – that’s how important it is for the local culture. It’s the national symbol of Lesotho and not just a piece of clothing. The locals even display it in their homes to show their connection with the national culture and indigenous religion. The Lesotho people believe that a mokorotlo protects them from evil.

nutukas avaProbably the most unique and extravagant folk clothing accessory in Finland are the nutukas, fur boots with an odd upturned stiff toe. This footwear is actually traditional for the Saami people who populate northern parts of Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Russia. So, the history of these folk shoes is long, and they’re still sometimes used by the locals even in modern days.

bombin hat avaBolivian traditional bombin hats – charming bowlers the local women balance right on the tops of their heads – are accessories with a very unusual history. In most cases, the traditional clothing develops along with the society where it’s used or is adopted from colonizers, new settlers, etc, but this hat was incorporated into Bolivian folk clothing culture sort of accidentally. It’s amazing how a mishap can turn into a fresh and beautiful tradition.

Venda peope avaThe national costume of the Venda ethnic group from South Africa looks typically African. Animal skin loin cloths and aprons, colorful blankets worn around the shoulders, glass-beaded jewelry, and so on. This folk attire is very pretty, very authentic, and very cheerful. In modern days, Venda men and women often combine contemporary garments with traditional ‘wenda cloth to create a unique local look you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

Buttons avaHemispherical bone buttons are a typical accessory for the 12th-13th century in the Byzantine Empire, Western and Central Asia, Caucasus, and a large part of Europe. In this post, we’ll talk for the most part about bone buttons produced in Kyivan Rus’, particularly in the capital – Kyiv. What did these buttons look like? How did artisans make them? Were there any embellishments on these buttons? And so on.

Compare avaWe’ve analyzed in detail the movie costumes of both these spectacular TV shows – Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon. They have some of the most amazing outfits, works of art, and at the same time, some costumes are rather ugly and actually worn not properly. But the question is – which show costumes are better? Which design team did a better job of creating the mood of the series? Let’s take another look at their stage costumes, compare them, and find out the answer.

Algerian karakou avaThe traditional clothing of Algeria is absolutely charming and very regal-looking. Especially women’s garments, not to mention bridal outfits. Rich costly fabrics, gold and silver embroidery densely covering the surface, lush massive jewelry, and intricate headdresses. And among the most beautiful and ornate Algerian traditional garments for ladies are two wonderful pieces – a djeba and a karakou. They have a lot in common, so let’s talk about both these items of clothing.

Necklace13 avaWe often think about our far ancestors, people who lived millennia of years ago, as dumb, undeveloped, uncivilized creatures who knew nothing about art and culture. But that’s not true. Thousands of years back, people already created wonderful masterpieces – jewelry, decorative statues, tapestry, accessories, weaponry, musical instruments, and so on and so forth. In this post, we’ll look at some of the most outstanding and intricate ancient beaded jewelry items that date back thousands of years.

Mule shoes avaIn the 16th century, both men and women loved to wear mules – backless high-heeled shoes. This footwear was the top trend and shoemakers produced really beautiful and highly decorated shoes, true masterpieces. Some would even say mules were too embellished, especially because male mules didn’t differ very much from female mules. Both were adorned with bows, embroidery, prints, beads, buckles, fringe, etc, and had rather high heels.

Japan makeup avaUsually, we write about traditional clothing, folklore costumes, and the history of fashion, but makeup is another aspect of traditional clothing culture. In some countries, makeup is as important as the folk attire itself. So, we’ve decided to gather all the posts about traditional makeup here to help you with any research papers, homework assignments, college essays, courseworks, and other educational projects. Also, we specified whether you have permission to use the photos from each post. You’re welcome to use this info.

Cambodian folk dress avaMen and women in Cambodia wear a traditional garment for the lower body called “sampot”. There are many variations of this skirt – sampot chang kben, sampot charobab, sampot lbaeuk, etc – depending on the design, wearer’s status, purpose of the attire, and so on. A sampot has been widespread in Southeast Asia since the 1st-6th century A.D. And even today, Khmer men and women continue to wear sampots for special occasions or in daily life.