suea pat2 avaThe Laotian women’s attire is lovely and feminine. The most interesting thing about it is probably the hairdo and hair accessories, but we’ll get to this topic in future paragraphs. In this post, let’s take a look at the traditional shirt worn by Lao ladies. It is called a “suea pat” or “suea pai”, has a rather distinctive Asian design, and is used today as ceremonial wear. By the way, you can tell the ethnic origin of a woman by her suea pat, if it’s tailored properly, of course.

Headdresses avaThere is probably no ethnic group that doesn’t have a tradition to wear headpieces with their national clothing. Not one. Different headgear and hair accessories were used by people throughout all our history. And it’s fun and useful to study these folk clothing accessories. So, in case you’re writing a college essay, research paper, coursework, homework assignment, or any other educational project and need info about traditional and historical headdresses, here you are plenty of our materials on this subject.

Banyan avaAt all times, people loved to wear something comfy and casual at home, when only their family was around. And in the 18th century, they usually dressed very formally, in complicated multilayered clothing both in daily life and for special occasions. So, 18th-century ladies and gentlemen needed something much more comfortable for home use so that they could relax and rest from all those formal outfits. And if women had a large variety of such garments, men weren’t as lucky. Thus, this particular item of clothes – a banyan – was a real find.

Luke and Agaphia avaA lot of people these days study their family trees and research ancestors. It’s fascinating how much we can find out about ourselves by learning our roots. But do you know what is even more exciting? To share our finds with other people. And this is exactly what we’re offering you to do. Take part in a new project Your Wedding Story of our partner website Send them your own marriage story or a love story of your ancestors and you will see it published for the world to see.

Boots avaThere are various folk clothing accessories used by people around the world, and shoes are among the most popular items. Footwear exists for millennia. And the variety of shoe designs, shapes, sizes, materials, and decorations is huge. Every ethnic group creates traditional footwear that differs from other pieces all around the planet, so just by a single small item, you can sometimes say for sure where the whole costume is from. We’ve gathered here the links to all our posts regarding traditional footwear so that you could use them in your school papers and college projects.

Panama avaThe traditional dress of Panama looks very ornate and beautiful. It is made in the same style as other Latin American folk outfits but looks somewhat more delicate because of the amount of white fabric and lace. Usually, the dress is white with colorful prints. Also, the head adornments add sophistication to the look. This traditional attire was formed by a mix of several cultures, as Panama historically was a boiling pot of cultures and traditions from different continents.

Renaissance wedding avaIn the Renaissance era, a wedding was the only time when a woman was truly seen by society. Not veiled or cloaked, not modestly covering behind her clothing but showing off her beauty and wealth. Especially if she was a noblewoman. Dressed in glorious wedding attire tailored according to the latest fashion trends and from innovative materials, adorned with costly jewelry, holding fancy bridal accessories, a Renaissance bride would ride her white horse through the city streets from her father’s house to her new husband’s. And the whole city would watch her with awe and notice every detail of her attire.

canadian moccasins avaThe traditional Native American footwear looks breathtaking – colorful, ornate, and dramatic. For the most part, it’s made from leather and decorated with beading, embroidery, quillwork, and other folk craft techniques. Such shoes, called “moccasins”, are so very comfy. They look a bit unusual for a modern eye but charming and are perfect for walking and creeping (which is important for hunting). Here are 4 lovely vintage pairs of moccasins from Canadian Native American tribes. Their design is very similar but each looks unique and is embellished exceptionally.

sochpopuk avaUzbek maidens and little girls are known worldwide for their traditional hairdo with multiple braids. Such braids are very handy when you’re doing chores and they keep your hair cleaner and tidier than wearing it loose. Plus, mothers don’t have to style their daughters’ hair every morning, which requires a lot of time. But this hairdo might seem a bit too simple and plain for a special occasion, so Uzbek young women add a cute and festive-looking hair accessory called “sochpopuk”. What is it?

Modern Ao Dai avaThe traditional women’s dress in Vietnam is called “Ao Dai”. And this attire is one of the most feminine and attractive folk outfits around the world because of the special cut, delicate fabrics, and a variety of colors. It’s wonderful how this traditional clothing not only survived throughout the centuries but didn’t lose its popularity and status. Contemporary Ao Dai apparel is made from modern fabrics, including silk, velvet, silk chiffon, linen, stretch cotton, silk brocade, etc, decorated with modern prints, and complemented with modern accessories, but it looks almost the same as centuries ago.

Partlet avaAround the 16th century, wealthy ladies and ordinary peasant women wore a very cute and handy clothing accessory – a partlet. It covered the low decollete of a dress and looked charming. Especially those costly and fancy partlets of the royals and high-status ladies that were decorated with gold embroidery, pearls and gems, fine lace, etc. By the way, the story behind the term “partlet” is also curious, connected with a hen.

Oman avaThe national outfit of Oman is truly elegant. This is a country of the Arab world, so the folk clothing here is rather modest and typical for the Muslim culture. Although Omani men’s traditional attire might be one of the most graceful and stylish in the whole Middle East. Take, for example, these blindingly white robes, a charming khanjar dagger in its silver and encrusted scabbard, a lovely male turban of just the right size, not too big and not too small, and so on. Any man seems taut and slender in this apparel.

Sri Lankan men ava2The traditional attire of any nation is obviously always used, preserved, and estimated the most by people of this nation or ethnic group. Some people even don’t approve of foreigners wearing other countries’ folk outfits. But trying on the traditional clothing of another country can be a great experience – you understand that culture better, find common features with your own folk dress, and can see peculiarities that can be incorporated in your contemporary or national attire. Here are the top-5 interesting male folk costumes from around the world that are worth experiencing by yourself.

weaving loom avaWeaving fabric is one of the oldest folk clothing crafts that exist. People did it millennia ago and continue to do it today, although our modern fabrics are industrially woven for the most part. But some artisans and enthusiasts make hand-woven cloth these days as well. If you would like to try, the first thing you need to know is what type of weaving loom to choose. There are several basic types of looms, and we’ll discuss their peculiarities here.