Traditional Fashion

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Dzi bead

Dzi (gzi) bead is a special stone worn as part of necklaces or bracelets in some parts of Asia, like for example in Tibet. It is believed that these beads are protective amulets.


Vinok or the Ukrainian wreath used to be traditionally worn by young single women that were ready for wedding. It is interesting to mention that word vinok is actually quite similar to Ukrainian word “vinnchanya” which means wedding. Vinok is made of flowers, leaves and branches.

Kasa – traditional Japanese hats

Kasa is a term used for group of different traditional Japanese hats. Word kasa turns into gasa when preceded by a word specifying the exact type of hat.


Hei-tiki is the pendant worn by the Maori people. It is worn by women, but there are some men wearing this pendant too. It is one of tāonga or treasured possessions. Hei-tiki is usually made from nephrite. In Maori language this type of stone is called pounamu. In English spoken in New Zeland it is known as greenstone. There are also hei-tiki pendants made from ivory, whale bone or teeth and cow bone.


Kimono is a traditional Japanese garment. It is worn by both sexes and all generations of the Japanese. Kimono is considered a national symbol of Japan.


Perak is a traditional female headdress worn by women of the Ladakh region. Ladakh region is part of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir in the far north of the country. Perak includes a leather strap or a piece of dark fabric covered with semi-precious stones like lapis lazuli and turquoise.

Mexican Sombrero

Mexican Sombrero (from Spanish “sombra” meaning shadow) is a traditional hat of relatively high pointed crown and quite wide brim. There is also a chin string to keep the hat in place.

Dastar - Sikh turban

Turban is a type of headgear appearing in many cultures. One of the most famous turbans is worn by the Sikh people. They call it “dastar” or “pagri.”


Kilt is a knee-length garment with pleats at the rear. It is believed that its originated from the traditional dress worn by men in the Scottish Higlhand of the 16th century.


Tagelmust (cheich or cheche) is a cotton garment traditionally worn by Tuareg adult men as both a veil and a turban. It is usually an indigo dyed piece of cloth. Cloths of other colours exist too. The cloth can be more than 10 metres long.

Tuareg jewellery

The Tuareg people (Twareg, Touareg) are Berber nomadic people living in the interior Sahara region of North Africa. They call themselves Kel Tamasheq (Kel Tamajaq), Imuhagh, Imazaghan (“the Free people”) and Kel Tagelmust (“People of the Veil”). There are some 5.2 million Tuaregs.


Djellaba (djellabah, galabiya, jellab(a)) or darija is a traditonal northafrican long outer robe. It usually reaches ground, but there are shorter ones too. It is made of wool or some lighter material like cotton.


Deel is a traditional garment worn by the Mongols and some tribes in Central Asia. It is very common in the Mongolian countryside. Deel is worn with a large silk belt.


Sarong (sarung, lungi) is a piece of fabric worn around waist. Fabrics that are used have beautiful checkered, floral and animal patterns. Men wear the Sarong as sort of kilt and woman wear it as a dress.


Geta is a traditional Japanese sandal with an elevated wooden base or “dai” (in Japanese stand). More oval dai is used for geta worn by women. Men wear geta with a dai of rectangualar shape.

La Peineta and Mantilla

La Peineta is a traditional Spanish ornamental comb. La Peineta has been popular since the 19th century. This comb was once made of tortoise shell.


Red hair (ginger hair) has its colour because of the pigment called pheomelanin. Between 1 and 2% of all humans are redheads (gingers). The highest number of people with red hair exist in Scotland, Ireland and Australia.

Aso Oke hat

Aso Oke hat or “fila” is a traditional hat of the Yoruba people. It is popular in Nigeria and in other parts of Africa.


Chapan is a coat people wear over clothes to protect themselves from the cold during winter. Chapan is a traditional garment of Central Asia. It comes in many colours and patterns.


Dirndl is a traditional dress of southern Germany, Austria, Liechenstein and the Italian region of South Tirol. Dirndl includes a bodice, blouse, full skirt and apron. Dirndl blouse has puffed or narrow sleeves, long or short sleeves. Under the apron there is a pocket.


Meenakari (minikari) is a traditional form of Indian jewellry. It was first introduced to Rajasthan craftsmen by Raja Mansingh of Amer. Meenakari combines metal jewellry and precious stones. It also includes a process of enameling or decorating the surface of golden, silver or copper jewelry with colours.

Kente cloth

Kente is a traditional type of cloth made by the Akan people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Kente ("basket") cloth is also known as nwentoma ("woven cloth"). According to the local legend this cloth was created when two men saw the spider making its web and decided to imitate it. Kente cloth was once worn by the local royals. It managed to keep its status. Nowadays people wear this cloth only on special occasions.