Sporran avaEvery national costume in the world is complemented with accessories. And one of the main and most important accessories is a bag, pouch, or purse. There are thousands of designs, shapes, colors, embellishments, ornamentations, and purposes of folk bags. Each purse indicates the unicity of its country of origin, the local traditions, beliefs, and features of the local nature. We’d like to present you our rating of the most beautiful and interesting folk bags around the world.

malay couple avaThere is no single national costume in Malaysia. But all of the outfits can be divided into several main categories: Malay, Chinese, Indian, and Aboriginal dress (Orang Asli). Malaysia is a country where different cultures mix and intertwine. But the more interesting it is to learn about the clothing traditions of Malaysia. There is a wide variety of folk costumes used by the locals and the descendants of the immigrants from other countries: from simple outfits made of the natural materials to intricate attires adorned with complicated needlework.

A ZTraditional pieces of the male and female national costumes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE): abaya, agal, burqa, gafaaz, gishwa, gutrah, hijab, kandura, keffiyeh, niqab, sheila, thawb.

pal femaledress avaThe folk clothing of Palestine is extremely rich in embroidery. By the way, the traditional embroidery is called “tatriz”, and it adds a distinctive Palestinian flavor to any dress. The complicated history of Palestine had a considerable influence on the national costume and clothing traditions of this country. But luckily, in modern times, the traditional outfit of Palestine experiences its flourishing. There is a boom of tatriz and Palestinian traditional garments within the country and far beyond its borders. Local manufacturers and Palestinian and Israeli merchants work hard to advertise these folk costumes and export them to every possible interested country of the world. So, let’s try to find out a little bit about this extraordinary folk clothes.

Tanzanian couple avaTanzanian clothing traditions speak of modesty, brightness, and ancient customs. For a European, the first impression from a folk dress of Tanzania sometimes is like “too much”. Too many layers of cloth wrapped helter-skelter around the body, too many colors and patterns, too many weird jewels, etc. But if you take a closer look, you’ll notice the harmony and unicity of a Tanzanian folk costume. The locals feel absolutely comfortable wrapped in their colorful fabrics and beaded adornments.

Costume Lviv avaUkrainian traditional clothing is rather diverse. The festive outfits are always colorful and rich in embroidery and bright decorations. But there are certain regional features that help to distinguish the attires according to the area of origin. Here you are the collection of the folk costumes from different regions of Ukraine that belongs to the Museum of Ethnography and Crafts in Lviv (western Ukraine).

Serbian couple avaSerbia is a curious country from the point of view of the folk costume. Serbian traditional clothing is diverse and beautiful. There is no single national outfit iconic for the whole country. Many various ethnic groups live in Serbia; therefore, their clothing traditions get entwined. It is really interesting to observe the regional features of folk attires. All of the costumes typical for different areas of Serbia are charming.

Mongolian couple avaMongolian clothing traditions are very ancient, diverse (because every ethnic group has its own peculiarities), and closely connected with the local lifestyle and climate. The traditional costume of Mongolia is unique and original. You won’t confuse it with any other folk dress. There are, of course, a lot of variations of the national attire according to the region of the country. The greatest diversity is in the shape of a headdress. Some hats are so elaborate and odd that they can easily impress and surprise just about anyone.

Jewelry avaTunisian traditional jewelry pieces are ornate, rather massive, and very beautiful. They are used not just to adorn the costume of a female but as a means of energetic protection, a way of honoring the ancient tradition, and for economic purposes as well. The jewelry collection of a Tunisian woman equals her private bank account. She’s able to manage it as she likes – buy, sell, barter, present or receive as a gift, etc. Vintage jewels are often transmitted within generations of the family. Modern Tunisian women still prefer the traditional jewelry items to ordinary ones used around the world.

Latvian avaLatvian traditional costume is charming, modest, and sophisticated. Female outfits are delicate, very feminine, and have a lot of simple but very fine decorations; while male costumes are polished and noble-looking (Latvian men dressed in full sets of folk clothes make you think of landlords and noble gentlemen). The very first thing you notice in a women’s traditional costume of Latvia is a shawl and an extraordinary headdress, in men’s – a coat and a hat.

Ethiopian couple avaEthiopian people still wear their traditional clothes rather often. Older people and the citizens from the rural area use the folk dress every day. Though in large cities, Ethiopians prefer the western-style clothing, they also get their traditional costumes out of the closet during the festivals, weddings, and national celebrations. It’s not just because of clothing traditions and customs, but also the climate and weather conditions of Ethiopia. The folk costumes were designed to fit the peculiarities of this country perfectly, to give locals the protection from the vagaries of weather, and to make them feel comfortable.

thailand avaThe traditional costume in Thailand is called “chut thai” (the translation is “Thai dress”). It is charming – bright and delicate, fitting and modest at the same time. But, like many other people in the world, locals seldom use their folk outfit in everyday life. Nevertheless, you can see lots of Thais dressed in the national clothing during the ethnic festivals, celebrations, weddings, and other special occasions. But the most extraordinary chut thai are women’s Thai formal dresses. They totally deserve to be called royal outfits.

emirati couple avaEmirati men and women still keep their traditions in the 21st century. They wear the national outfits of the United Arab Emirates every day due to the tradition, religious law, and climate of the country. When Emiratis go abroad they usually prefer to wear the western-style clothing but at home, most of them continue to use kanduras, gutrahs, and abayas. The clothing tradition is very important in the UAE, so tourists should remember about that and respect it, even if we’re not used to wearing such clothes.

Fashion avaThe beginning of the 20th century changed women’s fashion very much. Crinolines, wide skirts, corsets, and bustles were gradually replaced by straight-cut dresses, small felt hats, comfy underwear, plenty of lace, and stuffed birds as hat decorations. We offer you a great collection of different outfits from France, USA, Czechia, Ukraine, Russia, etc. used in the 20th century. You definitely should see this fine collection of accessories. All these pieces belong to a Ukrainian collector Marina Ivanova who created the Museum of history of fashion in Ukraine.