Folk dresses of Bolivia

The traditional dress of any country is a symbol of the national identity of that particular nation. The traditional dress is also known as “national costume” which represents the geographical and social impacts of that particular society. Some traditional dresses are specially prepared for the typical festive occasions and some are in fashion for the daily usage.

Although, in the present era the western clothing have become usual in most of the countries of the world, however on the special cultural events and in the days of national importance, the traditional garments are worn with pride. In some countries, the traditional and national garments are mandatory and required by law. We are starting a series of the traditional and folk dresses of various countries of the world.

1 – East African Sambhuru Tamimi Tribal Dress

East African Sambhuru Tamimi Dress. Photographer : Robin Moore

Samburu traditional dress is a striking red cloth wrapped around like a skirt (called Shukkas) and a white sash. This is enhanced with many colorful beaded necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Both men and women wear jewelry although only the women make it. The Samburu also paint their faces using striking patterns to accentuate their facial features. Neighboring tribes, admiring the beauty of the Samburu people, called them samburu which in fact means “butterfly”. The Samburu referred to themselves as the Loikop.

2- Mongolian Traditional Costume Deel

Mongolian Traditional Costume Deel

The traditional costumes of the Mongolians was made to fit their nomadic lifestlye. Unlike the costumes of China, Japan and Korea Mongolian costume sleeves were not wide and long. The Mongolian traditional costume for both men and women is called a deel. It is worn by the Mongol and Turk peoples of Central Asia and Siberia. They can be made of cotton, silk, or brocade.

3- Czech Traditional Dress

Czech National Dress
Czech traditional costumes are often beautifully embroidered. Because so many regions of the Czech Republic have their own traditional folk costumes.
Czech girls in Kroje dresses
A Kroje is a traditional Czech costume which normally consists of skirt, blouse, vest, apron and hat for the women. Like other Czech costumes, Kroje dresses are also heavily embroidered. Men wear the embroidered trousers, shirts, vests and hats.
4- Bolivian Traditional Dresses
Bolivia is a country having numerous ethinic groups in its various regions. There are lots of cultures that have flourished in Bolivia since centureies, so the indegenous people of Bolivia use the traditional costumes of different types.
Bolivians in their traditional dresses

It is fashionable among Bolivian Andean women of indigenous descent to wear a skirt called a pollera. It was originally a Spanish peasant skirt that the colonial authorities forced indigenous women to wear. Now it is also a symbol of pride in being indigenous, and is considered a status symbol.

Folk dresses of Bolivia


5- Traditional Dresses from Sri Lanka

Women from Sri Lanka use Hetta and Cheeththa as their traditional wear. Osari and Lamsari are forms of Sari or Saree which are also very popular among the women of Srilanka. Sri Lankan women and girls also sometimes wear salwar and sari. Traditional clothing for Sri Lankan men is amude or sarong.

Srilankan dancers in their folk dresses

The traditional clothing of Sri Lanka is very interesting. Women (near the age of marrying or already married) normally wear a sari, also known as Kandyan Sari as traditional clothing. Sinhalese girls wear half saree, a cloth and jacket with a frill around shoulders. Tamil little girls wear pavadai sattai, which is pretty much a skirt with a design and a blouse. The aged Tamil girls (who have reached puberty) normally wear half sarre’s which is like a saree but not fully, there would be a long scarf or cloth to put on your left shoulder and gets tucked in your skirt and it is like a pavadai sattai too! Sinhalese men wear Sarong and shirt called Baniyama. And Tamil men wear patta vetty which is a shirt and a long cloth which they wrap around their waist.

Srilankan women in traditional dress by Kheshkiwaal









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