8 Traditional Dresses of the World that Continue to Dominate

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The world is full of varieties. Yet there is one thing that stays and lingers on in the minds and hearts. Fashion is one such example. You keep trying on new things every season, but there is one iconic fashion statement that people nurture generation after generation for love and heritage value.

Travel from one country to another and you will find a few traditional dresses of immense appeal and value. Just like the sari symbolizes Indian culture, similarly, other Asian countries and European nations have eye-catching fashion hallmarks with a stamp of originality. Let us find out about traditional dresses of the world that continue to impress native wearers and fashion spectators.

1. Kimono

The kimono outfit is the ultimate representation of Japanese traditional culture. The Kimono evolved in the 17th century and has since developed as the main dress code for Japanese people. A kimono, worn on special occasions in Japan, like weddings and ceremonies, today has modern-day adaptations.

2. Kaftan

The Persian word kaftan is a garment style believed to have originated in ancient Mesopotamia. The Sultans of the Ottoman Dynasty between the 14th to the 17th centuries wore lavish kaftans. A kaftan is an ankle-length pullover robe and comes in bright colors and captivating patterns. The loose-fitting fabric gives respite from the sweltering heat. That’s why it is preferred for comfort and style.

3. Chut Thai

Chut Thai means a ‘Thai Outfit.’ This traditional Thai dress was designed by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit in 1964. She wanted to create a national outfit for formal meetings and events. A Chut Thai has three parts–a blouse, a pha nung, and a sabai. A pha nung is wrapped around the waist whereas a sabai is draped on the chest and shoulder. A jeweled waist belt holds the dress in place.

4. Flamenco

The flamenco dress, also known as gypsy dress, is a traditional outfit that reflects the Andalusian culture. It is the clothing that flamenco dancers wear for traditional festivals celebrated in Andalusia. The dress has colorful elements and is a benchmark of Spanish culture. The flamenco dress became popular in 1847 when gypsy women turned up on the occasion of cattle fair held in April each year. The flamenco-inspired trumpet dress helped the women show off their curves. Red is often the color of choice, representing bravery, passion, and sex appeal. Polka dot patterns are a regular feature–don’t be shy to add those dots to your flamenco skirt.

5. Conical Hat

Vietnam is home to clothing traditions. The conical hat is the most recognizable Vietnamese item and accessory throughout the country. Most local ladies don the Non La (Vietnamese conical leaf hat) while walking gracefully along the sidewalk. Women don the broad-rim hat, whereas, for men, the rims are smaller and the cone higher. One typically uses palm leaves, Moc tree bark, and bamboo when making conical hats.

6. Bowler Hat

Now, let us not confuse it with a bowler’s hat worn on a cricket field. Bowler Hat was originally meant for railway engineers working in Bolivia. A tradesman discovered hats received in the shipment were too small. He peddled them to the local women, who developed a fancy for them. That’s how this famous hat originated. They are worn slanted on the head to symbolize informality and are accompanied by a long, decorative skirt.

7. Poncho

A poncho is a waterproof top covering the upper body with a hood for head protection. Ponchos go back to the pre-Inca times and have art patterns traditionally found in South American cultures. Brightly-colored ponchos usually have diagonal designs.

8. Flannel Shirt

It may look strange to know about a shirt that symbolizes wood chopping, building fires, and man’s pride and independence. The origin of the flannel shirt goes back to 16th century Wales, where farmers wore the flannel shirt to protect themselves from the cold and/or freezing weather. It started as a fashion lifesaver for the chilly season. Over the years, it has become toasty and stylish.

Discover more such examples of traditional clothing in your next trip abroad. They are as distinct as the people who wear them.

Deepika Dewan

I am an experienced professional in content writing. Start my day with feeding pets. Write on subjects close to my heart. Wish to explore destinations, cuisines, and new opportunities. Life is unexpected, so keep praying and thanking.

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