Our culture is our identity.
Even though we live in a globalised world, it is our diversity that brings us together. And what can better express our traditions than the uniqueness of our style? Below are seven of the most beautiful ethnic dresses from around the world that seem to have a soul of their own. It’s a mood, period.
The Saree, India
The Indian saree has aptly been called nine yards of grace. Coming with many choices of draping, the saree can be found in almost every fabric – from the humble cotton to the extravagant silk. The saree is possibly the simplest piece of clothing – a long length of fabric draped with feeling and dignity.
La Pollera Colorá, Colombia
The coloured skirt is the best-known piece of Colombian clothing, and for all the right reasons. This brilliant skirt, something out of a fairytale, worn with a round-necked blouse is the true image of elegance and life itself.
The Masaiare Dress, Kenya
Considered one of the national attires of Kenya, the Masaiare Dress of the Masai tribe is incredibly vibrant – a red Kanga(cape) – accompanied by colourful beady jewellery and bright decorations like bracelets, necklaces and headdresses. The wearers are, without a doubt, strikingly bold and vivid!
Maori dress, New Zealand
Peculiar to New Zealand’s original inhabitants, the Maori dress is full of subtle details and joyous colours. The original Maori dress was handwoven, using leaves, animal skin and fur; the art was passed down from the older generations to the new ones as legacy. The graphic clothing is now worn to honour the originals and is a distinctive identity.
Highland Dress, Scotland
Scotland’s Highland Dress indicates heritage. Worn in the Highlands and the Isles of Scotland, this simple-looking dress brings out poise like nothing else. The Highland Dress is characterised by plaid and can be manipulated in any way the wearer would like.
Cowboy Boots and Ten-Gallon Hats, Texas, USA
It’s a mood, guys. The cowboy style, made famous by the Texan T – ten gallon hats and cowboy boots – is so famous that it has become a symbol of the American cool! Everybody – from Ralph Lauren to the common civilian – admires the Cowboy dude (and dudette) for pulling off this assemble with a flair.
The Kebaya is one of Indonesia’s most ardently loved heritage. This blouse-dress combination was once worn only by the royalty. The kebaya looks like a loose, knee-length tunic and is usually made of fabrics such as cotton. The central opening of the blouse is fastened by brooches and is traditionally worn over a torso-wrap.
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