I'm starting a new post series I hope you guys will enjoy: the Traditional Fashion Highlight!
I don't know about you, but as a somewhat rootless American I really enjoy looking at traditional fashions of other cultures. While many Americans are still connected to their immigrant or Native roots, many of us have lost these connections over the generations and no longer have a "traditional" clothing we feel comfortable claiming.
(Unless maybe we could call jeans American traditional fashion!) I hope someday to tap into my heritage a bit more, but for now I love learning about many native clothing styles!
I also enjoy seeing how traditional fashions sometimes draw from other cultures and integrate them in their own way, much like the bowler hat in Bolivia or Indian textile influence in the Sana'ani sitara dress. We as modern people sometimes imagine that cultures of the past were separated and kept to themselves, when in reality they still interacted and exchanged styles and fashions with each other, often reinterpreting them in their own ways.
Check out these four articles on traditional fashions from around the world, and stay tuned for future posts where I'll highlight more cultures! (If you have a request, let me know!)
Photograph by Delphine Blast
Cholitas of Bolivia
I love the bowler hats, beautiful shawls and amazing fabrics. I also see a bit of 18th century Europe in the silhouettes, don't you?
Photograph of Philomena dirndl by Lena Hoschek
Photo by Maarten de Wolf
The Sana'ani sitara is a traditional dress worn by Muslim women in Yemen. This article talks about a bit of its history as well as how modernization has changed its look a bit.
The Mongolian del has so many beautiful varieties depending on gender, status, season, occupation, etc. Aren't they gorgeous?!
What do you think of these traditional fashion styles? Do they represent any part of your heritage? Are there any cultures you would especially like to learn more about?