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Maang Tikka avaIndia is known for the diversity of jewelry used by the local women. And the jewels worn for the wedding or another spectacular occasion are especially impressive. Today, we’ll show you several super-stylish ways to wear the maang tikka – beautiful hair accessory. Some of them are traditional and are used by Indian women for years; others were invented only recently. But all of them look very Indian, very feminine, and very pretty.

Khadi fabric avaThe khadi cloth is very popular in India today. In 2017, about 460,000 of people in India were involved in the khadi production. And every year, the demand on this fabric rises – for instance, the sales of khadi cloth rose by 33% in 2017 compared to 2016. This fabric is natural and comfy, being based on cotton, with the addition of silk and wool. That’s why the khadi fabric is perfect for any weather – lightweight khadi is worn by Indians in summer and warm cotton+wool khadi is used in winter. Let’s find out the details and secrets of weaving the khadi cloth.

Assamese avaOne of the Indian ethnic groups, the Assamese people, have a very delicate and elegant women’s folk clothing. The outfit is called “mekhela sador”. Basically, it is a sari but the draping is typical for the Assam. Millions of people in the world consider sari to be one of the most feminine and beautiful garments. And mekhela sador is no exception. It emphasizes woman’s curves perfectly and hides most of the drawbacks of the body. Beautiful trimmings add some flavor and color to the attire.

Bharatanatyam avaOne of the most popular Indian folk dances is a Bharatanatyam dance. It is performed by Indian women, dressed in richly adorned costumes and bejeweled. A special hairdo is an important part of the Bharatanatyam style. Today, we’d like to show you how to make this hairdo and decorate it with traditional jewelry. It looks very pretty and elegant; the Bharatanatyam hairstyle complements the costume of a dancer really well.

Maharaja jewels avaIndian Maharaja and Maharani used to wear tons of gold, gems, and massive jewelry pieces. It is traditional for Indian culture to wear a lot of jewels, but the kings and queens gave a new meaning to the usage of precious adornments. Here you are some photos of these valuable pieces used by the Indian monarchs. Some of them are really amazing.

Sari avaIndian saree is a beautiful garment. And there are hundreds of ways of draping it. These styles of draping a sari vary according to the region of use, purpose, occasion, or even the mood of a female. In the article below, you can learn 5 more ways of wearing a sari: Rajasthani style, Hyderabadi Marwadi style, Bengali style, Mumtaz style, and Mermaid style. All of them are sophisticated and pretty.

Lehenga Choli avaThe population of India is over 1.3 billion of people. And, by the way, India is a country with strong and original traditions. So, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of locals wear Indian folk clothing. How do you think, which of the garments is the most popular among men and which – among women? Which pieces of the traditional clothes can be combined to get a perfect look? Are the male folk costumes more widespread then the female ones? Find all the answers below, together with the photos of beautiful Indian garments.

Jhumka avaIndian traditional jewels are very beautiful and intricate. Indian women use a lot of jewelry pieces which can be very expensive and made of solid gold adorned with precious and semi-precious stones (for wealthy families) or cheap fake jewels (for poorer women). But, no matter what the material is, Indian jewelry items are usually massive, intricately made, and shiny.

A ZTraditional pieces of the male and female national costumes in India: achkan, angarkha, bandhgala, chador, chaniya, choli, chunder, churidar, dastar, dhotar, dhoti, dupatta, gamucha, gandhi cap, ghagra сholi, gurgabi, jama, jutti, kameez, kurta, langa, lehenga, lehenga choli, lungi, mekhela, mundu, mysore peta, neriyathu, odhani, pagri, pancha, pavada, pheran, pheta, riha, sador, safa, salwar, sari, sarong, sharara, sherwani, taqiyah, and veshti.

India avaThe clothing traditions in India were formed by the influence of local climate, beliefs, cultural traditions and different regional peculiarities. People of India wear ornated attires made from natural fabrics. They use a lot of jewelry and embellishment. Very often Indian garments consist of a simple large piece of cloth that can be draped in various ways. The national Indian female clothing is rather modest and feminine at the same time. That's why it is popular not only in India but in many other countries of the world.

Udeng avaThe importance of this Balinese headdress for the local religious ceremonies is bigger and more interesting than you might think. White udeng headpiece is worn by Indonesian men when they’re worshiping their gods in the temples – it covers the head and prevents people from losing hairs in these sacred places, which is considered the violation of a temple. So, udeng is much more than just a traditional headwear in Bali. What else curious and symbolic features does the udeng headscarf has?

Batik avaThe batik cloth is a big part of Indonesian traditional culture. But what’s so special about it? How does it differ from any other fabrics around the world? Let’s find out a bit more about the batik and its role in the life of Indonesians. Why is this cloth still used in everyday life when a lot of handmade fabrics and folk clothing made from them are so rare and ousted by modern industrially-produced garments? Batik fabric is extremely popular in Asia and the Pacific region even in the 21st century. More than that, it’s widely used in some African countries as well.

legong avaThe legong folk dance in Indonesia is a special ritual performed at public festivals and celebrations. In the past, it was an entertainment for the royals. It is a unique show and it can seem rather weird for outlanders, but Indonesians consider it a spiritual and meaningful performance. Though, we’re interested mostly in the traditional costume of legong dancers rather than movements and music. So, let’s look at this attire a bit closer.

Bali avaThe island of Bali is a part of Indonesia, thus their cultural peculiarities and clothing traditions are alike. But there also are some differences. Let’s find out more about the Balinese colorful traditional attire and how to put it on. The Balinese folk outfit is one of a few where a men’s traditional costume includes more garments than a women’s one. In most countries around the world, we observe the opposite.

Batik designs avaBatik fabric is very popular in Indonesia. A lot of traditional garments are made from this cloth. But it is a hard work to put the design onto the fabric. They dye, bleach, dry, and dye again. Several times in a row. But every extra step is needed and not useless. For me, the most exciting process of the batik production is stamping. Find your favorite step.

Batik avaIndonesians widely use a batik cloth made by a special technique of wax-resist dyeing. During the dye process, the waxed areas resist the dye, and when the wax is removed, a pattern emerges. The process is time-consuming and requires some skill and imagination. But a lot of Indonesian and, in particular, Javanese artisans are engaged in this craft. We’d like to offer you some pretty much detailed info about how to make batik and what peculiarities there are in this process.

Indonesia wedding avaIndonesia is one of the most heavily populated Asian countries. More than 200 millions of people and over 300 different ethnic groups live in this country. That's why the traditions and folklore of Indonesia are diverse and unique. It is an island country which also influences the culture and customs of its citizens. Many traditional Indonesian costumes are originally the folk clothing of Java and Bali. Though, every ethnic group and minority in this country has its own clothing traditions, methods of making their national costumes, and tastes in adornments.

Japanese kimono avaMany modern national costumes around the planet look less interesting than the authentic outfits worn hundreds of years ago. Often, the colors are too bright, the needlework is machine-made, and the adornments are from the mass market, as opposed to unique handmade items used by our ancestors. But all this doesn’t apply to the Japanese traditional kimono. These folk garments always look charming and sophisticated, both vintage and modern kimonos and obi belts. To prove this opinion, we offer you several gorgeous photos of contemporary Japanese folk outfits captured on camera in the modern-day streets of Japan.

hikihaku avaThis type of traditional Japanese obi belts is very special because the cloth for it is hand-woven from silk threads and foil paper threads. Due to this, the fabric of hikihaku obi looks gorgeous and shiny, with a distinct metallic sheen. But how do they achieve this? How can they create fabric from foil? The process of making textile using the hikihaku technique is not simple, but there are Japanese artisans who know how to do it and produce this beautiful gleaming fabric these days.

Japan new ava2The Japanese kimono is one of those traditional garments you can talk about forever, and there will be more and more new curious facts and wonderful information. For example, did you know that the Japanese produced so-called “kimono for foreigners” they exported to Europe? And these robes of a slightly modernized design were extremely fashionable among 19th-century women and especially men. We have a lot more interesting info about kimono in store for you)).

Japan new avaToday, everyone knows that a kimono is a traditional costume in Japan. It’s hard to find a person who has never seen a kimono at least in the photos or in movies. But surprisingly, kimono isn’t the oldest Japanese attire, as well as silk isn’t among the first fabrics originally used to make clothes in Japan. So, what material was popular before silk? And when did people invent the first kimono? These are curious questions we’re going to answer right away. And more fun facts about a kimono are ready to amaze you.

homongi kimono avaThis type of kimono was very popular among Japanese women. It was the next step after the furisode kimono. Homongi is used even in modern times but, of course, much more seldom than in the late 19th – early 20th century. Let’s find out more about this garment: what did it look like, what obi belt was worn with it, what fabric and embellishments were used to make it, who actually wore homongi kimono, etc?

komon kimono avaThere is a variety of Japanese kimonos for different purposes and occasions: furisode, yukata, homongi, komon, and others. This time, we’re going to learn more about the latter. What is a komon kimono? When is it worn? How is it decorated? Why was the komon kimono one of the favorite and most popular outfits in Japan? Let’s take a closer look at this cute Japanese folk garment and answer all these questions.

Kimono2 avaThe furisode kimono is an extraordinary Japanese garment with an entertaining history. The beauty of some examples is indubitable, just like the intricacy of patterns on its fabric. Very often, the body and sleeves of this outfit are embellished with flowers depicted in bright colors, because it is an extremely festive kimono. If you want to know whether this garment is used just by women or by men as well, feel free to read on.

datejime avaThese are plenty of different tutorials that show how to wear a Japanese kimono – and, by the way, there are plenty of variations of kimono in Japan. But still, we decided to publish another tutorial to help you put on the kimono and soft datejime sash properly and easily. The Japanese culture is very strict and precise – everything from food to clothing to hairdos to interior design, etc. should be done extremely accurately and meticulously. So, always pay great attention to your kimono when you put it on.

undergarments avaAs you might know, the national costume of Japan consists not only of a kimono but of many layers of clothing. And the underwear pieces play a very important role. Besides protecting the kimono from body oils and sweat, they give the female body a needed shape, because the traditional Japanese silhouette is flat (no curves showed). So all the underrobes and sashes are used to create this flat silhouette. But what undergarments are worn under the kimono? How are they draped? And how to make the whole thing look tidy despite several layers of rather thin and delicate fabrics?