finn avaThe national clothing in Finland is very bright, colorful and interesting. Usually traditional Finnish costumes are rather warm because the weather in the Northern Europe is severe and cold. A lot of accessories in Finnish clothing are made of leather and metals, bright embroidery and beautiful silk fabrics are used for decoration. Several centuries ago rich people in Finland used to wear impossibly beautiful costumes, but even poor Finns tried to look bright and colorful to adorn severe nature around them.

Traditional national clothing in Finland dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Finnish national costumes are very different because every region has its own historical, climate and traditional peculiarities. So, in every region, there is native clothing which was formed by the living in a specific area.


Traditional Finnish male and female costumesTraditional Finnish men's and women's costumes


Finnish clothing has European features and specific influence of nature, climate and history of Finland. Traditional Finnish women clothing consists a smock, skirt, cotton blouse, vest or bodice, jacket, apron, scarf, headdress (cap, headband, hat etc.) and shoes. Traditional Finnish men clothing consists a shirt, trousers (long or knee-length knickerbockers), waistcoat, jacket or coat, headdress, scarf and laced or buckled shoes. There are also a lot of different accessories like jewelry, belts, kerchiefs and so on. Finns usually used stripped cloth for shirts, skirts, and waistcoats. Often colorful embroidery was used for decoration. But it depended really much on the financial status of a person.


National women's clothes in Mouhijärvi region or Finland

National women's clothes in Mouhijärvi region

National women's clothes in Pornainen region of Finland

National women's clothes in Pornainen


National women's clothes in Vanha Korpilahti region of Finland

National women's clothes in Vanha Korpilahti


During centuries, national costumes in Finland transformed pretty much. It was caused by progress in sewing techniques, the impact of artists, fashion and the industrial production of clothes. The biggest changes happened in the middle of 20th century. Today Finnish national clothing looks very different from its prototypes. But people of Finland are doing their best to return the historical look of traditional costumes. They've found the "Suomen Kansallispukuneuvosto" (National Costume Council of Finland), that is responsible for researching, recording, documenting, educating, giving advice on, maintaining and developing the tradition of Finnish national clothing.


Female costume with leather accessories from Finland

Black women's costume with leather accessories, Finland


Ancient national costume of Masku. Finland, the 12th century

Ancient national costume of Masku. Finland, the 12th century

#9 Emily Mattila 2021-02-04 20:45
Helpful and confusing.
#8 John 2021-01-15 01:57
IN the 1960's, I lived and worked in Helsinki. My job took me all over Finland. Everywhere I went, I met wonderfully friendly people.
#7 Anita Burbeck 2020-04-11 16:15
I am looking for the clothing style from the Liikensavara region. Specifically a close up of the skirt material for the ladies.
#6 Name required 2019-09-06 11:39
So many sources telling me different stuff
#5 Old Finn 2019-07-15 03:24
This few pictures are yet but a fragment of nearly 400 unique dresses we currently have recorded on.
#4 Bethany 2018-06-11 19:30
Absolutely love the traditional clothing! Especially the last two!
#3 nj 2018-03-19 00:20
i dot like it
#2 lizi jafaridze 2017-02-02 13:54
yes they have
#1 Blahblah ehhhhh 2017-01-23 17:18
Ok I guess hey Don't they have shorts and skirts there
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