Traditional wear is a way of expressing the differences and similarities between different communities. Clothes have been considered a tell for many things, such as social standing, religious affiliation and ancestral heritage. Through the times, though humans evolve they try very hard to preserve their culture and with it the style of fashion their ancestors adopted and the meanings behind it. Here’s a list of some of the most intriguing traditional wear from around the world;
Kimono, which literally means “thing to wear” because Japanese are nothing if not straightforward, are a traditional garment of Japan. They are a full length, T-shaped, straight lined robes with attached collars and wide sleeves. Kimonos are secured using a sash called an Obi.
The flamenco outfit is a dress worn by women in during festivals in Spain. It’s probably one of the boldest traditional wear from around the world. The dress is of two types; one where the dress is form fitting until mid-thigh and then continues to the ankle in a burst of ruffles. It is decidedly difficult to walk in and a hazard for a dancing routine so is worn as a day dress. The ones dancers wear flares out starting from the hip allowing a wider range of movement.
The Gho is not only the traditional but also the national dress for men in Bhutan. Introduced in the 17th century to give Bhutan a unique identity separating it from other traditional wear from around the world, it is a knee length robe tied at the waist by a kera, a belt like design made up of cloth. It is required to be worn by all men who work government jobs and during formal occasion.
Beadwork for the Maasai people in Kenya is traditionally done by women. It is an essential part of their traditional wear and although the meaning behind the colours of the beads may have slight variations, some are more general for example white denotes peace, red denotes bravery and blue represents water.
The Tracht is a traditionally worn garment in German-speaking countries. The design itself has slight distinctions relating to the place where it is worn, like in northern Germany some of the more popular examples are the Friesische Tracht, an abundantly decorated cloth with beads and embroidery, and the Finkenwerder Tracht.
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