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[Infographic] 10 Pieces of Traditional Clothing You Have NEVER Worn

While most of Wunderlabel’s customers use our woven labels to enhance their t-shirt designs, this infographic reminds us that there is a whole wide world of traditional clothing still being worn to this day.

In honor of the diversity of clothing worldwide, we compiled some of our favorite traditional styles of dress into the infographic below.

Have you worn any of these pieces of clothing? Let us know in the comments 🙂

Here’s to dressing up!

GERMANY (exclusively in Bavaria and parts of Austria)

Lederhosen

  • Lederhosen translates to leather pants/breeches
  • Usually crafted from elk (handmade quality) or cow skin (industrial mass production)
  • Widely introduced in 1626 by Prince Elector Maximilian
  • Traditionally worn for hard physical labor thanks to the durability and resilience of leather
  • These days, they are only worn on special occasions such as Oktoberfest or beer festivals

Fun Fact: Lederhosen are NEVER washed – the dirtier the better in order to keep the leather moist

SPAIN (Andalusia)

Traje de Flamenca/Flamenco Dress

  • A body-hugging dress to mid-thigh made of a fine, soft cotton and poplin lining, continuing with multiple layers of ruffles to the ankle
  • Two different styles: one for Flamenco dancers and one worn as a daydress
  • Usually black and red

SCOTLAND

Kilts

  • Worsted wool woven in a special diagonal pattern (the tartan) forms the basis of an authentic Scottish kilt
  • The specific pattern and color of a kilt represent a specific clan or family
  • Worn both by men and women, this is the official national costume of Scotland

Fun Fact: Wearing a kilt in the traditional fashion means wearing it without any undergarments

RUSSIA

Sarafan

  • A long jumper dress that covers the wearer from neck to ankle
  • Made by joining two pieces of fabric with wide inlays on the side
  • Depending on one’s background, comes in plain colors and simple fabrics like linen or wool or with complex embroidery, multiple colors and luxurious fabrics like silk or satin
  • Only villagers or peasants from remote rural areas still wear the original sarafan

Fun Fact: The style of a woman’s sarafan displays her descent, social status and even how many children of which gender she has

GREENLAND

The Anorak (Parka)

  • Made from 3 layers of animal skins and fur that are sewn together to form a watertight and windproof garment
  • Protects its wearer from sub-zero Arctic temperatures
  • Completes with watertight boots and double-layer pants
  • Hood is usually fashioned from the fur of a wolf or a wolverine

UNITED STATES

Cowboy Boots (+Stetson Hat)

  • The identifying symbol of Texas and the ‘Wild West’
  • Mostly made from calfskin or cowhide although pigskin, horsehide or even snakeskin are sometimes used
  • To be worn with a Stetson felt hat to complete the cowboy’s outfit

Fun Fact: Cowboy boots are comfortable when the wearer is in saddle but can be extremely extremely uncomfortable to walk in

NAMIBIA

Herero Dress

  • A Victorian-style dress which was forced upon the Herero tribe by its German colonists
  • Covers wearer from neck to toe
  • Made of several layers of fabric of either 100% cotton or chiffon, usually very bright and dominant colors
  • The print used is called leteisi
  • Still worn today
  • Always worn with a hat that resembles the horns of a cow, a highly respected animal in Herero culture

TURKEY/EGYPT/LEBANON

Bedlah (Belly Dance Dress)

  • Outfit consists of a fitted hip bra or top, a fitted hip belt, and a full-length skirt or harem pants
  • Made from various materials like cotton, viscose, silk, chiffon or satin
  • Belt is heavily beaded with rhinestones, gems or even diamonds
  • The costume can be skimpy (Lebanon) or conservative (Egypt)

GUATEMALA

Menswear in Todos Santos Cuchumatan

  • Retains elements of Mayan heritage
  • The man of isolated Todos Santos all wear red-and-white-striped pants along with a blue and purple shirt that is fashioned with a huge embroidered collar
  • Both the pants as well as the shirt are made from thick, pure cotton that insulates them against their the cold, high altitude temperatures of their living environment

BRAZIL

Samba/Carnival dress

  • Materials used depend on budget: from fake feathers to real peacock or ostrich feathers, fake jewelry to high-carat diamonds, polyester to silk and much more
  • Either composed of a bikini exposing a lot of skin or a one-piece dress for a more formal, sophisticated look
  • Never complete without a distinct headpiece composed of real bird feathers and jewelry
  • Complemented by wearing accessories like bracelets and beads all over the body

Fun Fact: The price of a dress usually ranges from $500 to $1,500 although one of the most expensive dresses evver shown at Carnival was $15,000

Sources:

http://blog.young-germany.de/2015/07/understanding-lederhosen-and-dirndl-culture/

http://www.fabricaflamenca.com/en/content/1-the-company

http:/www.madehow.com/Volume-2/Cowboy-Boots html

http://www.scottish-at-heart.com/scottish-kilts.html

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/04/europes-wild-men/shea-text

http://in.rbth.com/arts/2014/05/11/the_enduring_elegance_of_the_sarafan_35087

http:.//www.russianfashionblog.com/index.php/2013/07/history-sarafan/#axzz49RvluEHy

http://www.athropolis.com/arctic-facts/fact-inuit-clothing htm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2286624/The-Namibian-women-STILL-dress-like-colonists-Tribe-clings-19th-century-dress-protest-Germans-butchered-them.html

http://jetsettersmagazine.com/archive/jetezine/globe02/samerica/suriname/freedom/freedom.html

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