Patchwork avaThe craft of patchwork is typical and rather widespread in America and Asia. The Turkic peoples, Native Americans, and Pakistanis are among the most skilled patchwork artisans, and this tradition goes back for centuries. Although, patchwork wasn’t always art – 19th-century women were often forced to use this technique to turn worn clothes into quilts, blankets, and other household textiles. At the same time, the art of patchwork is only emerging in Ukraine these days. And here’s what it looks like.

Saudi Arabia avaA lot of parents teach their children about their national clothing. And one of the best ways to do that is to dress your kids in folk costumes so that they knew the feeling and the look. The traditional outfits, especially high-quality and accurately made, are wonderful, but folk clothes for babies, toddlers, and older kids are genuinely adorable. If you don’t believe us, just look at these happy children dressed in modern replicas of their traditional apparel.

Cuban woman avaThe outfit that is considered a Cuban national attire today originates from the 19th century and is a lovely mix of European and African fashion with a combination of slave, carnival, and gypsy features. Sure, before the 1800s and the arrival of white and black people to this land, Cuba was populated by the local aboriginal tribes who had their own folk dress styles and clothing traditions. But today, those native outfits are almost forgotten and aren’t used in daily life, unlike the more recent 19th-century traditional garments that gained the status of Cuban folk costumes. So, we’ll mostly talk about these outfits in this post.

Spadok7 avaTraditionally, Slavic maidens wore their hair uncovered until marriage and after the wedding, always used a kerchief, wimple, or another headdress. No married woman should have been seen by people outside of her closest family without some kind of head covering. Today, this tradition is long in the past. But we’d like to show you a lovely video of a married lady from Eastern Ukraine dressing in traditional costume step by step. She is proudly wearing the accessories indicating her marital status.

Jan Steen avaToday, we’re lucky to have a wide variety of fabrics, types of clothing, accessories, comfy undergarments, and a whole lot of useful and functional items we apply to dress ourselves on a daily basis. But women in the 17th century didn’t have as many options, so they had to be inventive, patient, and hard-working to clothe themselves and actually work in those outfits. Not an easy task when you have layers over layers of clothes, sharp pins keeping some accessories in place, no sewn-in pockets, and a lot of ties and lacing to fasten your garments.

Taizhou mummy avaThis exceptional mummy from China accidentally found by road workers is unique because there are very few mummies around the world preserved as well as this one. She was a high-status Chinese woman and, according to her attire, lived during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Among the most impressive items of the mummy’s apparel are a set of shoes with upturned toes, a large jade ring, and original silk clothes (while silk seldomly survives burial, as it is a very fragile fabric).

Telpek avaA gorgeous sheepskin hat called “telpek” is very popular in Turkmenistan even today. It is a folk accessory worn by men with their traditional apparel and a symbol of masculinity and pride. Turkmen males wear a telpek not only for warmth but also to honor the tradition. This shaggy, warm, and surprisingly light headdress is a highly valued and cared about accessory. Actually, few folk accessories around the planet have the same level of respect. What else do we know about Turkmen telpek hats?

winter wear avaIt’s snowy and frosty outside – at least in my native land – and people cuddle in their warm winter clothing. Everybody wants a little warmth and coziness, so why don’t we combine this desire with our love for elegant vintage garments from the 19th century? Here is a selection of wonderful 19th-century winter wear from a museum collection. Just imagine beautiful ladies and their little daughters walking down the street cuddling in these lovely winter coats and mantles!

The Borgias avaThe Borgias is a historical-fiction drama TV series that was on the screens in 2011-2013. And don’t mind this show being 10 years old – it’s still spectacular, especially regarding the movie costumes. But, as usual with modern near historical films, the apparel of the characters isn’t fully period-accurate. Let’s look at The Borgias underwear pieces in this post and find out if they’re the real deal or badly made modern stylizations.

Bash orau avaThe headwear called “bash” or “bash orau” was the traditional Uzbek piece of clothing that occurred only in one particular region of Uzbekistan. And this unique turban could tell a lot about its owner – her approximate age, financial status, region and area of origin, etc. But also, it had some strictly practical functions. All this makes the bash turban a very interesting and original Uzbek headdress.

Lads1 avaSince at least the Iron Age (1200-600 B.C.) and until today, men use one distinctive accessory – a shoulder belt called “baldric”. Most often, this sash was used to carry weapons – it’s probably the best and most convenient way to carry a heavy sword. But a baldric can also serve as a ceremonial belt, it helps to carry musical instruments, like a drum, or is a very simple ancient alternative to a military outdoor tactical vest. This functional and sometimes really ornate belt can be seen on men of different professions and from different periods of time.

Shadow And Bone avaThe American fantasy TV series Shadow And Bone can boast possibly the most beautifully embroidered and colorful movie outfits worn by the characters. There are curious military clothes, noble and royal 19th-century style garments, steampunk-style apparel, outfits inspired by traditional attire, and so on. You’ll find numerous catchy and hidden details in these stage costumes, so let’s dive right into the analysis of Shadow And Bone show clothing.

jeweler workshop avaModern jewelers are so lucky because they have a wide variety of high precision tools and professional instruments they can use in their workshops. But what did jewelers have 15 centuries ago? How crude their tools and techniques were? And just imagine, despite all that, the ancient jewelry pieces we find in museums look gorgeous and intricate. They’re not some crude lumps of metal – they’re masterpieces, artfully designed and created. Look what kind of jewels could 6th-century jewelers produce with only a simple forge and basic tools.

Turkmen costume avaTurkmenistan is a Central Asian country, and its culture and clothing traditions are according to the local tastes and beliefs. There are many common features between a Turkmen folk dress and the neighboring nations. For example, large sheepskin and karakul hats worn by men. But many characteristic elements of Turkmen traditional attire are truly and wonderfully unique. Let’s find out what typical garments do men and women wear in Turkmenistan, how they adorn themselves for festive occasions, and how to distinguish Turkmen traditional clothing from other folk garments around the world.