gagauz avaThere are about 250,000 Gagauz people in the world. Most of them live in Europe, approximately 150,000 in Moldova and 50,000 in Ukraine. Also they dwell in Turkey, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, and even in US and Canada. Despite the small number of people this nation survives and keeps its history, traditions, cuisine, folklore, language, and traditional clothing. Many of their traditions are really interesting and outstanding. In this article you'll read about Gagauz clothing traditions and national costume.

Crimean-Tatar-crafts avaThe culture of Crimean Tatars is ancient, rich and interesting. The main crafts are clothes making, weaving, embroidering, pottery, sheep breeding, jewelry and others. Today Crimean Tatar people try to revive their traditional crafts. Many artisans are returning to production clothing (traditional costumes mostly) at home. Handmade clothes, souvenirs and pottery of Crimean Tatars are highly valued in other countries.

Saudi-coupleSaudi Arabian national dress conforms to standards, traditions, climatic conditions and preferences of local people. That's why Saudis choose traditional clothing, not Western style of attire. Also the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia refers to the Muslim world, and the national costume shows it. Saudi people are conservative in clothing, family relationships, religion and way of life in general.

photo avaThe collection of photographs belongs to Ukrainian center of folk culture "Ivan Honchar Museum". These photos were taken from the historical and ethnographic album "Ukraine and Ukrainians". The photos show traditional Ukrainian clothing from different regions. They were made in the end of 19th and the beginning of 20th century. The main characters of photo collection are ordinary people and families. All photos are in original vintage frames.

Native-American-costumes avaNative American Indian tribes lived in the territory of US and Canada long before the conquistadors. They lived in harmony with nature. That's why their culture is closely related with the laws of nature. Native Americans made their garments from animal skins and fur, bark of trees and other materials which they gained hunting and gathering. They used sinew as threads, made jewelry from wood, shells and stones, embellished clothes with beads and patterns on fabric. Native American Indian tribes survived in Alaska and in desert areas, in thick forests and in mountainous regions. They could understand the nature, respect it and use its gifts.

Ethnic-Village avaA great family holiday was held in Israel in May, 2015. The festival was called "Ethnic Village" and was dedicated to Ukrainian-Israeli friendship. It was hosted by NGO «Israeli friends of Ukraine». Israelis learnt a lot about Ukrainian culture, cuisine, traditions and folk dress. Here you are some photos of Israelis and Ukrainians in national Ukrainian embroidered shirts and dresses with traditional accessories.

Turkish-couple avaTurkey is a country with old clothing traditions. Their roots are in the Ottoman Empire which has formed Turkish cultural and traditional heritage pretty much. Even hundreds of years after the Ottoman Empire, Turkish national costume has a lot of features typical for those days. But today few people in Turkey wear traditional clothing in day-to-day life. Men usually use European style of clothes or mix some elements of the folk dress with western pieces of attire. Women wear national costumes more often, they retained the national dress more fully and keep the traditions more carefully.

hats avaClothing traditions are often common for the neighboring countries. This rule almost always works for accessories. That's why conical hats are typical for many Asian countries, fez for the Middle East, cowboy hats for North and South Americas, high fur hats (called "papaha") for Caucasus, turbans for Arabian countries, the Near East and India, and berets for Europe.

outlook avaWhere can you try on a sombrero, hijab or war bonnet in Ukraine? For free. And make some photos, also for free. There is one place: Outlook world culture festival, which was held in May in Kyiv, Ukraine. It is an annual festival of world traditional clothing, crafts, and art. Beautiful ornated traditional costumes, national dances, cuisines of different countries and other amusing stuff.

ukrainian wreath avaTraditional Ukrainian headdress for unmarried girls is a wreath. It is also a headdress for a bride at her wedding. There are many different kinds of wreaths. Usually they are made of fresh flowers and herbs or dried flowers and herbs and embellished with colorful ribbons (by the way, girls used to wear ribbons of specific length at a certain age: toddlers – to the ear, little girls – shoulder blade long, teenagers – below the belt, and brides – floor-long). Sometimes fabrics, beads, feathers, metal, glass and even plastic are used. Today we are presenting you a great collection of Ukrainian national festive headgears for brides from various regions of the country. They are vintage wreaths from museums and private collections.

Crimean-Tatars avaCrimean Tatars have got a very beautiful and ornated national costume. There are only about 2 millions of Crimean Tatars in the world, and about 300 thousands of them live in Ukraine. The history of this people is rather difficult and sad. But still they managed to keep all the most important traditions – language, national clothing, folklore, cuisine etc. In this article you will learn more about the traditional dress of Crimean Tatars, one of the most proud-spirited and bearing nation in Europe.

chileans avaTraditional clothing of Chile is very festive and convenient at the same time. It is usually made of natural materials. Women's attire is rather feminine and men's costume is very masculine. Chilean national clothing is bright and, embellished with embroidery and colorful ribbons. The origin of the traditional costume of Chile historically is very old, but Spanish and Portuguese national clothing (which belongs to a much later time) had a great influence on the formation of Chilean traditional costume. So, today Chilean national clothing is a great mix of old natural handmade fabrics and modern style and cut.

somali-couple avaPeople of Somalia use their national costumes rather often. Unlike Europeans who take the traditional clothing out of the closet only for festivals and special occasions, Somalis use such garments in day-to-day life. Only in big cities people wear Western dress every day, but use traditional costumes for events and special occasions. As the climate in Somalia is hot, people cover most of the body from scorching sun and use natural materials to make clothing. They also wear loose garments (even men prefer skirt-like clothing) to prevent overheating.

japanese-dress avaTraditional Japanese clothing is still in use in Japan. But mostly people wear the national costume for festivals, formal events, weddings, funerals and various ceremonies. In day-to-day life Japanese wear western clothing. The main pieces of Japanese traditional clothing are: hakama, kimono, fundoshi, happi, hanten, jinbei, samue, obi (sashes), sokutai, uwagi, and yukata. Japanese male national costume is not really masculine, and female attire is not very feminine. The main feature of both costumes is chastity and virtue. But the national clothing of this country is really unique and outstanding.