female-costume avaThese photos represent the traditional costumes of Ukraine used at the end of the 19th – beginning of the 20th century. All the costumes today belong to the private collections of Vira Matkovska and Olena Didyk. The outfits are shown to the public pretty seldom. The main features of garments used during this specified period of time are bright colors, dense embroidery, beautiful and colorful headdresses, and a small amount of jewelry.

Tunisian-couple avaThe national costume and traditional crafts are not forgotten in Tunisia even in 21 century. A lot of people still use traditional garments or separate pieces of a folk outfit in day-to-day life. Probably, the main reason for a great popularity of traditional clothing in Tunisia is that such garments were designed considering the weather conditions of this country. They fit perfectly and help locals to cope with the hot sun, sands of the desert and winds (hot and dry from Sahara desert and cool from the Mediterranean Sea). Nevertheless, Tunisians love their traditional costumes and are proud of their national heritage. They usually wear traditional clothing for ceremonies, weddings, religious events and national holidays.

greek-couple avaMany people imagine Greek traditional costume as a toga (a piece of linen cloth wrapped around the body), but this is completely wrong. The national clothing of Greece is very modest, colorful, multilayered, and unique. Of course, there are some regional features and many variations of garments, but in general, the typical styles of Greek traditional costumes are related.

Yemeni-girl avaThe ancient culture of Yemen has a lot to present to tradition lovers all around the world and people who are fond of vintage national clothing. This country has some magnificent pieces of outfits; some of them are still in use while others are almost completely forgotten. The most interesting are vintage handmade garments with lots of colorful embroideries, intricate gold jewelry, pieces made by a unique Yemeni tie-dyeing technique, and traditional daggers that always complement the male costumes.

borshchiv avaBorshchiv embroidered shirts (Ternopil region, Western part of Ukraine) are made using unique techniques and patterns. The traditional clothing of this area differs from any other region of Ukraine. Black color predominates in Borshchiv embroidery patterns. But despite it, the garments look festive and sophisticated, not depressing or mourning. And that's magic. There is a collector in Ukraine who gathers Borshchiv embroidered clothing, studies it and spreads the knowledge about the national heritage of this area of Ukraine. She is Vira Matkovska, and here are several samples from her private collection.

Tswana avaBotswana is a country in Southern Africa that has rich and interesting clothing traditions. Many of them were formed under the influence of colonizers and missionaries who appeared in Botswana in 19-20th centuries. Today traditional Tswana outfit is a mix of Western-style or Victorian Era dresses with the pieces of clothing that are pure Tswana (for example, kaross – traditional blanket made from animal skins). Some costumes of ethnic minorities in Botswana also deserve special attention. We're talking about the Herero dress.

chinese avaThere is no traditional costume typical for all the parts of China. Each region has its own features, and sometimes clothing differs completely throughout the country. Another reason for the variety of Chinese outfits is that every Imperial dynasty in China created or refined the traditional clothing to their taste. Though there is one style of clothing which today is considered in the world to be Chinese national costume. It is "hanfu" for men and "qipao" for women.

Carpathian avaThe western region of Ukraine covers a part of Carpathian Mountains. Ukrainians who live in highlands are very unique people. They managed to keep their traditions, lifestyle, folklore and many more things till today. They have beautiful songs, special food traditions, rare crafts and, of course, outstanding clothing traditions. The latter didn't change much during last few centuries. The traditional costumes of Carpathian region of Ukraine are bright, richly embroidered garments with extraordinary accessories.

swiss avaThe national costume of Switzerland is versatile but made in the same style; bright but modest; eccentric but balanced; convenient but beautiful. Such style of clothing is typical for the North Europe. The women's traditional outfit is very feminine, with pretty and extraordinary accessories. The men's folk dress in some regions can be very simple and ordinary, and in other parts of the country, it can look rather aristocratic and stylish. Swiss national clothing was originated from the lifestyle, environment and traditions of Swiss people.

weapons avaFor many countries around the world, weapons (especially cold weapons) is a very important part of life. Historically it was a mean of surviving and a serious attribute of everyday life. That's why in a large number of countries, knives, daggers, and swords became a part of a traditional costume. The national attire of Scotland, England, Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Lapland even today contains knives as a full-fledged part of the set. It is rather exciting to compare these knives and to find some peculiarities typical for the certain country.

family avaBavaria (or the Free State of Bavaria) is the biggest state of Germany. And it is a unique territory which differs from other parts of Germany. People in Bavaria continue to keep their traditions (which are rather long-standing) even today, in the 21st century. Bavarian traditional costume is called "Tracht": "dirndl dresses" for women and "lederhosen" for men. And local people wear them with great proud.

female-shirts avaGreat exhibition of vintage Ukrainian national garments was held in Kyiv, Ukraine. The exhibits belong to several private collections which are rather rarely shown to the public. There are men's and women's shirts, kersetkas (a kind of women's vest), kerchiefs and other pieces of traditional Ukrainian folk dress. The exhibition represents traditional clothing typical for Central and Western parts of Ukraine.

sudan avaSudan is a large African country with strong Islamic and Christian traditions. Religions and beliefs of local people have a great influence on the national clothing of Sudan. As climate conditions do. Those are the reasons for Sudanese people to wear loose-fitting long attires which cover most of the body. These dresses and robes are made of light natural fabrics. Sudanese people also cover their heads: women with scarves and men with turbans. Headgears serve both for religious purposes and for protection from the sun. Western-style dresses are also used in Sudan, but they're rarer than traditional ones.

Philippines avaFilipino national costume is rather colorful, ornate and beautiful. Filipino people lived under the occupation of other countries for centuries. That's why their national attire was formed under the influence of different cultures and got some of their features. The US, Spain, and Japan had the biggest impact on the traditional clothing of the Philippines. But nevertheless, Filipino folk dress is very unique, authentic and even tribal, if we can say so.