A typical and traditional bridal dress in Belarus - Image courtesy www.belarus.by

A typical and traditional bridal dress in Belarus - Image courtesy www.belarus.by


Belarus has a phenomenal cultural accomplishment as the country has gone through several dynamic and ethnographic backgrounds for many centuries. There are impacts on the Belarusian society of many religions and sects like Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Judaism, and Islam. Clothing is the most important component of the typical Belarusian culture and the origins of Belarusian clothing tradition lie in the ancient Kiewan Rus‘.

Girls from Belarus in majestic style wearing folk costumes - Image by anoldent - flickr
Girls from Belarus in majestic style wearing folk costumes – Image by anoldent – flickr

Belarus has a very cold climate in its long winters and even mild weather conditions in its limited summer. So the clothes were made out fabrics that provide closed covering and warmth. Mainly, the traditional dress of Belarus was made with flax fibers and wool, decorated with printed or embroiled ornaments, or weaved from using threads of different color. But the then rich elite of Belarus also used to import the fabrics like brocade, velvet or tuft etc having different shades of red, blue, and less often green.

A typical and traditional bridal dress in Belarus - Image courtesy www.belarus.by
A typical and traditional bridal dress in Belarus – Image courtesy www.belarus.by

The traditional dress for the Belarusian men usually consisted of delicate fabrics, decorated with golden and silver embroidery, precious stones, colored buttons. The costume was having a long dressing gown and having a top like coat or jacket. They also used a long belt made with wolf or beaver fur.

A girl in the traditional Belarusian dress - Image by Ilya Kuzniatsou - flickr belarusian
A girl in the traditional Belarusian dress – Image by Ilya Kuzniatsou – flickr belarusian

Similarly, the traditional dress for the Belarusian women included longer shirts or skirts having blouses of various patterns and colors. Their dress was decorated on the sides with ornaments or the fur of sable, marten or fox. The same trend was followed later on in the traditional folk costumes when the dresses were prepared with the white and red colored fabrics and embellished with splendid geometrical  patterns.

An awesome pose of the folk dancers from Belarus in their traditional dress - Image by anoldent - flickr
An awesome pose of the folk dancers from Belarus in their traditional dress – Image by anoldent – flickr

There was gradual and slight variation in the clothing tendencies when the traditional dress of Belarus was progressively evolved.  This was the consequence of multiple religious heritage and the designers applied moderate designing methodologies. A tremendous categories for the clothing were introduced in Belarus as the dresses worn during weekdays or holidays, weddings or birthdays, during celebrations or mourning. Today, the modern Belarusians, no doubt follow the western clothing but on the festive occasions, they continue the tradition to wear their cultured heritage, i-e the traditional dress of Belarus.

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