Traditional dresses allow people to express their identity through clothing and form an important part of a nation’s culture. Almost every culture has their own traditional dresses and in this article, we look at some of the most recognized traditional dresses from around the world.
The well known flamenco dress (Traje de flamenca) is the traditional dress in Spain. These dresses are brightly colored, commonly in the hue of red, black and white. The modern iteration of the dress has two forms: one for dancers and the tighter day dress.
The Bunad is the traditional dress of Norway .The modern bunad is loosely inspired by traditional rural clothing and is gaining popularity in the country. Nevertheless it is an expensive piece of clothing with an average bunad fetching anywhere between $2,000−10,000.
The modern day Turkish culture is a rich blend of European, Arabian and Greek influence and it is reflected in their traditional dress. The Turkish Salvar and Entari is richly colored and decorated, worn by many, irrespective of social class.
The kabala has strong Arabic influence hence the name and originates from Indonesian. It is commonly worn in many South-east Asian countries .The Dress is made of silk or semi-transparent nylon and is usually embroidered with floral patterns or adorned with brocade.
The Sari and Lehenga is the traditional dress of India; consisting of a drape that is wrapped around the waist with one end over the shoulder. The dress is associated with grace and in many south Asian countries, it is a symbol of elegance.
Due to China’s long and vibrant history, its clothing fashion has seen considerable changes overtime. The Hanfu is a traditional dress from China that has a history as old as China itself. It is worn by the Han people and is an important aspect of their identity.
The traditional dress of Afghanistan is called Firaq partūg. The dress features solid colors and adorned with elaborate threading ,beads and embroidery .The design of the dress varies with region and also commonly referred as shalwar qameez.
The Dirndl is a traditional dress worn in Germany and Austria. The Dirndl originated as the uniform of Austrian servants but later became fashionable among the upper class. Despite being relatively simple in appearance, a normal dirndl can be very expensive to make as it is tailored and cut from handed printed silk fabrics.
The Sarafan is the traditional dress of Russia and feature some Persian influence. The head dress worn with it is called the kokoshnik. The dress has been worn by rural folks from as far back as the 14th century and still remains popular today.
The tight-fitting qípáo is another traditional dress from China. It originated in the city of Shangai and was made popular by the upper classes. It is a Manchu dress rather than native and its modern form is heavily influenced by western styles.
The Thobe al-Nashal is a traditional dress originating from the Arabia and features detailed patterns. The most common color is black but it is not rare to see them in the colors of red and green.