Krama avaOne of the most symbolic and favorite Cambodian pieces of traditional clothes is the checkered scarf called “krama”. It is an amazing multifunctional and very handy item, so it’s no wonder krama became so popular among Cambodians. You can see it everywhere in the streets, on men, women, and children, wrapped around heads, necks, waists, used to carry goods and babies, etc. Although, a krama is not just a fashionable accessory, it’s a symbol of the Khmer kingdom and what differs the Khmer from their neighbors.

Male embroidery avaSadly, Russian troops in Ukraine are not only killing people and animals and destroying buildings, infrastructure objects, plants, and factories, they’re also destroying our historical sites and cultural objects, including folk museums, together with their collections. Ukrainians are very skilled in the craft of embroidery, so many local museums store vintage needlework samples and embroidered clothing, some of which are extremely rare and valuable. Some of the samples you’ll see in this post are probably already gone because they were stored in folk museums in those cities that suffer from heavy bombings.

Huipil avaIn Latin America, particularly in Guatemala, the traditional craft of weaving is rather highly developed. And one of the most beautiful, ornate, and symbolic hand-woven garments is the huipil, a traditional blouse or tunic adorned with local patterns. These textiles are a great part of Guatemalan folk culture and the diversity of their designs will amaze you. Especially when you realize that most of the patterns originate from the Aztec and Mayan civilizations.

Libyan attire avaIn most countries around the planet, traditional clothing is more often worn in daily life by women than by men. But in Libya, the situation is, surprisingly, the opposite. Libyan ladies prefer a hijab to old authentic costumes, while Libyan men use a number of traditional garments, like, jalabiya, sirwal, jarid, shashiyah, etc. And the reason is, besides maintaining the old traditions, that these pieces of clothes were created for the local climate, lifestyle, weather conditions, and customs. The traditional garments fit Libyan life perfectly, so it’s no wonder they’re rather popular.

Shoes set avaThis wonderful shoes set is from the 1820s-30s and is a very rare item that survived till our time and is stored in a museum. Some American lady wore this set consisting of matching leather ankle boots and leather pattens to protect her feet from sharp stones on unpaved paths. This footwear isn’t actually very pretty, they look rather crude, simple, and somewhat strangely shaped, but they were real salvation for women in the 19th century.

Choga avaThe traditional culture of Turkmenistan is especially famous for its crafts – weaving and carpet making. A lot of Turkmen folk garments are typically hand-woven from wool, as Turkmenistan is a country of cattle breeders. Wool has always been available and cheap, besides, it’s warm and comfy to wear, so the locals used both everyday and festive woolen clothing. And one of the most ornate traditional Turkmen garments is a coat called “choga”.

Spadok8 avaChernihiv region of Ukraine is one of the oldest and most historically and culturally rich areas in the country. The local traditional attire takes roots from Kyivan Rus’ and has a lot of common features with the apparel of Kyivan Rus’. Sadly, in Russian-Ukrainian war, museums, historical sites, and storages with valuable cultural artifacts are destroyed en masse. The world is loosing masterpieces that form Ukrainian traditional culture. Here is a video with just one folk costume that will show you what Chernihiv clothing culture looks like.

stop putin2The Russian-Ukrainian war united not only Ukrainians but the whole world in this battle for democracy, humanity, and freedom. And we’re extremely grateful to every person who helps us survive and stand for our country. If you want to join forces with Ukraine but have no idea how to do it, we’ll give you contacts of the most trusted volunteer organizations in Ukraine down below. Meanwhile, our writers are learning to combine tasks and will start publishing new articles from time to time. Thanks for your patience and support.

stop putinOur beloved readers! We are forced to stop publishing any new posts because part of our team is situated in Ukraine, which is now under Russian attack. We are being bombed, even civilian objects and people, and we had to stop any activity other than fighting for our lives, our families, our country, and the whole civilized world. Ukrainians ask NATO to bring their forces to Ukraine. At least to close the sky. To give shelter from the sky.

daenggi avaMany folk cultures around the planet have some traditional ways of showing the marital status of a man or a woman. In the past, people not always wore wedding rings and it was sometimes hard to understand if a person you liked from first sight was available. Korean females used a red ribbon tied to a long braid of hair to indicate that they were single and ready to get married.

South America avaFolk dancers, singers, and musicians usually wear bright and eye-catching folk outfits, although they’re not always accurate traditional garments or replicas. Often, these are stylized outfits, with more or fewer ethnic motifs and features. Some folk dancers’ costumes look very beautiful and are real works of art. We’ve gathered for you a variety of wonderful folk outfits from Europe, Asia, and America. They can tell you a lot about the traditional culture of different countries.

German Renaissance avaWriting school and college papers, courseworks, and homework assignments require just the right info on the subject. And if you’re researching the topic of 16th-century fashion, is the place for you. In this post, you’ll find all of our articles in one place about male and female clothes from the 1500s, aristocratic wear, period-accurate military uniforms, 16th-century hairstyles, and a variety of other topics. Also, we specified whether you have permission to use the photos from each article. Good luck with your educational projects.

Witcher2 avaA lot of people were looking forward to the second season of The Witcher TV series, and this winter, we finely got to watch it. But while the plot twists of the story are exciting and spectacular, we can’t say the same about the movie costumes. Yes, most of them are decent, but there are so many flaws and strange choices in wigs, trimmings, and accessories. Anyway, let’s analyze the show costumes of The Witcher: Season 2 and see what characters got different looks, which outfits were more flattering and which less, and what obvious mistakes the wardrobe team made.

pattens avaThe outdoor overshoes called “patterns” were a wonderful invention. They were popular throughout the Middle Ages, Early Modern era, and even up to the beginning of the 1900s. These functional accessories allowed women of different social classes and professions to walk along dirty unpaved streets in the cities, wet floors, and cold ground. Pattens were not always easy to walk in but the alternative was even worse – to be ankle-deep in mud, sewer, or water, so if I were them, I wouldn’t complain.