What we wear is more than just a piece of cloth used to protect us. Back then, the society use clothing as a medium to communicate social status, celebrate significant events and show unity among many other reasons. In certain parts of the world today, traditional dresses have been elevated into fashion and fads. Let’s take a look into some of the various traditional dresses of people around the world.
- Korea – Hanbok
Designed to allow easy movement, the Korean traditional dress is called “Hanbok” (South Korea) and Joseon-ot (North Korea). They come in vibrant colors and are worn in special festivities in Korea. The Hanbok consists of the “Jeogori” which is the blouse or the jacket and “Chima,” the wraparound skirt.
2. Japan – Kimono
The Japanese traditional dress is called “Kimono” which means “the thing worn.” The Japanese wear kimonos during festivals, holidays, and special occasions. Traditional kimonos are sewn by hand and even machine-made kimonos require substantial hand-stitching. For the Japanese, Kimono is a representation of politeness and formality. They are still famous until today, with modern touch making an appearance.
3. Philippines – Baro’t Saya
In the Philippines, the national traditional dress is called “Baro’t Saya” which means “blouse and skirt”. They are usually made of silk and are worn mostly during special occasions. The silhouette of the garment relates to traditional Spanish costume, particularly in the cut of the sleeves, the shawl collar and trailing skirt.
4. Vietnam – Ao Dai
The Vietnamese traditional dress is called “Ao dai”, usually worn by women to weddings or special occasions which represents beauty and simplicity. The “Ao dai” might not be as common today as it used to be, however in Hue, Vietnam it’s still seen on a regular basis and in smaller towns throughout the country. You can see this outfit in places with uniform such as school, bank, restaurant and aircraft.
5. Norway – Bunad
“Bunad” is a Norwegian term that includes a range of both traditional and rural clothes between the 18th and 19th century, as well as modern 20th-century folk costumes. In Norway it is common to wear “Bunad” as a costume at various celebrations, such as the May 17 National Day celebration. It is a must-have for the natives, especially for women.
6. Russia – Belarussian Dress
The traditional Russian dress called “Belarusian dress” originated from the ‘Kievan Rus’ period. Initially, these dresses were made to combat the cold climate, however nowadays it also worn during traditional festivals. Both men and women dresses include embroideries.
7. Palestine – Thawb Fallahi
The Palestinian traditional dress is known as “Thawb Fallahi”. It is rich with embroideries, the art of creating decorative designs on fabric using needle and thread, and occasionally with objects like shells or beads. Until the 1940s, traditional Palestinian costumes reflected a woman’s economic and marital status and her town or district of origin.
8. Scotland – Kilt
A kilt is a knee-length skirt-like garment with pleats at the back, originating from the traditional dress of Gaelic men and boys in the Scottish Highlands. Often worn on formal occasions and sports events, kilts are often made of woolen cloth in a tartan pattern. While nowadays it’s up to the individual wearer which colors and patterns they wear, in the mid-19th century, many patterns were created and artificially associated with Scottish clans, families or institutions who had Scottish heritage.