Asia

Thai dress avaThe traditional female attire in Thailand is always feminine and figure-hugging. But at the same time, these garments look modest. How do they do it? How can they manage to look nice and business-like in those tight dresses? But somehow they do. We offer you ten most beautiful and elegant Thai women’s traditional outfits, so-called “chut thai” costumes. See for yourself that the casual and most formal royal dresses differ from each other very little in the matter of a cut and shape.

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.

Garo avaThe Garo traditional attire looks catchy and beautiful. These people – men and women alike – adorn themselves with a lot of brass and beaded jewelry and wear bunches of feathers on their heads. The Garo ethnic group is unique because they look more like Tibetans but live in India and Bangladesh for centuries. So, is the Garo folk dress closer to Tibetan or Indian? What pieces of clothing do they use? And how attached are they to the national apparel? Time to find out.

Tibetan dress avaTibetan women use lovely folk garments. Even today, they often dress in traditional clothing because it’s comfortable for the local climate and lifestyle and looks pretty. But to wear this attire accurately, a woman needs to know a few tricks and secrets. For example, how to drape the collar of every next layer of clothing or whether to put on an apron or what to do with extra-long sleeves, etc. At the same time, when everything is worn just right, a woman really stands out from a crowd and shines – she’s vivid, she’s feminine, she’s beautiful.

Tibet avaThe folk dress of Tibet looks charming. Especially their charming outerwear called “chuba” that can tell so much about the wearer. In the past, there was a tradition for Tibetan men to wear a sheepskin chuba over the naked upper body, with the right arm left bare. It was the ultimate show of masculinity and machismo to go out like this during harsh Tibetan winters. Even today, in the 21st century, chuba still remains a significant part of Tibetan culture and lifestyle – the locals wear it in winter because no modern outer garment can be as warm and comfy.

Choga avaThe traditional culture of Turkmenistan is especially famous for its crafts – weaving and carpet making. A lot of Turkmen folk garments are typically hand-woven from wool, as Turkmenistan is a country of cattle breeders. Wool has always been available and cheap, besides, it’s warm and comfy to wear, so the locals used both everyday and festive woolen clothing. And one of the most ornate traditional Turkmen garments is a coat called “choga”.

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?

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.

Turkmen avaTurkmen women traditionally wore bright skull-caps beautifully decorated with embroidery. In the past, a headdress was an obligatory part of female attire and going out without it equated losing her chastity. Today, the rules are not as strict and females are allowed to be in public bare-headed. But still, a lot of Turkmen women returned to wearing folk headdresses and do it because they like it and try to preserve their unique cultural features. Anyone who saw these cute skull-caps can understand their love for them!

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?

kultapushak avaUzbek traditional costume is really interesting, especially the local textiles. Before the 1920s, there existed rather strict rules about national attire and folk clothing crafts in Uzbekistan – some embellishments were reserved only for wealthy people with high status. Wealthy Uzbek ladies wore many ornate and beautiful garments and accessories. For example, a headpiece for married women called “kultapushak”. Let’s find out what kind of a headdress it is, what it looks like, and what its purpose is.

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.

Uzbek girls avaThe main Uzbek folk garment traditionally used by everybody in this country was a robe. These open garments could be made from different fabrics, adorned with various decorations and details, created in different designs, but they suited men, women, and children in Uzbekistan perfectly. Of course, every region or even town had its own peculiarities in traditional fashion, but a robe of some style was an obligatory part of an outfit. Also, there are several curious and unique features of folk clothing for children in Uzbekistan. Find out about them below.

Uzbek avaUzbekistan has a long and rich history of such clothing crafts as weaving and embroidering. The products of local craftswomen can be seen at Asrlar Sadosi Festival of Traditional Culture. Here, old folk crafts and techniques meet with modern variations of folk clothes. People in Uzbekistan still practice weaving and embroidering, a lot of girls learn how to do it, Uzbek men and women wear national costumes and decorate their houses with tapestry and décor elements adorned with authentic patterns. The old textile tradition still lives in Uzbekistan today.

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.

khan dong avaThe Vietnamese traditional wedding headdress of the brides looks beautiful and unique. When you see it, you think about Vietnam. This charming hat reminds us of a frisbee with a hole in the center, especially from the side view. But it definitely catches the eye and suits Vietnamese women perfectly. To Christians, this headdress might also bring to mind the nimbuses we see at religious icons. And why not treat a bride a bit like a goddess?!

Ao dai avaIn Vietnam, the national attire is called “Ao Dai”. Besides, there is a male and female Ao Dai, which differ in design. This costume looks remarkable on a wearer, especially on women, because it fits all the shapes of a body perfectly. But did you know that authentic Ao Dai was not sexy or attractive at all? Until 1930, it used to be more baggy, the slits at the sides not as high, and the colors duller, so the outfit seemed pretty simple and ordinary. But modern women’s Ao Dai is anything but dull! We have other fun facts about Vietnamese folk dress here.

Ao dai avaVietnamese folk dress ao dai is being used for at least 2,000 years. Of course, it wasn’t changeless – it varied from century to century, from one ruler to the other, from one fashion trend to another. The modern variation of this attire is a mix of Asian and Western culture. Let’s take a look at some important changes in ao dai design. Also, we’ll talk a little about its history. Nowadays, the ao dai is considered one of the most beautiful and feminine women’s folk costumes around the world. Was it always like that?

Hmong clothing avaThe Hmong people are an indigenous ethnic group in Asia. They live in China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and even the USA. Today, we’ll tell you a little bit about the folk dress of Black Hmong people who live in Sa Pa, Vietnam. This is a story of a young Hmong girl who knows the secrets of local clothing crafts and costume making. And she doesn’t mind sharing with us.

Vietnam avaAbout 54 different native groups live in Vietnam. All of them have their traditional costumes which sometimes look radically different. For example, citizens of communities that live on the plateau have very colorful dresses, and plainsmen wear simple, modest outfit. This article will tell you about the general characteristics of traditional attire in Vietnam, including garments, hats, and shoes.