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Traditional Clothing Around the World Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
This lesson is going to go over a wide range of examples of traditional clothing worn by various groups of people from around the world. From North America to Europe and beyond!

What is Traditional Clothing?

Traditional clothing refers to a form of clothing that represents a long-established people's way of dress within a specific location or period in time. In many parts of the world, traditional clothing isn't worn on a daily basis. Instead, it may be worn on special occasions like festivals, weddings, and ceremonies. Otherwise, people dress in regular, modern clothing instead. However, in other regions around the world, the traditional clothing is commonly worn, even on a daily basis. It just depends on one's culture!

In this lesson, we're going to take a mini-trip around the world to see some examples of traditional clothing. So grab your bags, your tickets, passport, and let's go!

North America & South America

We're going to board our flight in the U.S. While the U.S. is a relatively new country, it is still old enough to have various forms of traditional clothing. Take, for example, buckskin clothing, which is clothing made of deer hide. Various forms and styles of buckskin were worn by American frontiersmen as well as Native Americans.

Buckskin clothing
Buckskin clothing

From North America, we hop on a flight to South America. We land in Bolivia, where we see that people wear ponchos, which are made of a sheet of fabric with an opening to place one's head through. These sound simple but can be highly elaborate in their decorative work.

Africa & Europe

We then head over to Mozambique, where we can see a woman wearing a traditional kind of dress known as the capulana.

We then head over to Russia and see that women are wearing traditional clothing known as sarafan during a folk festival.

Traditional Russian clothing (sarafan).
Traditional Russian clothing (sarafan).

Middle East, Asia, & Oceania

From Europe, we head on over to Asia. We make a stop in the Middle East, where we see men wearing long white cotton clothing known as a thawb.

In India, we spot a woman wearing a fitted blouse known as a choli.

And who could possibly not recognize the traditional clothing of our next stop, Japan, where we see women dressed in a kimono?

From Asia, we fly south towards Oceania, a region including Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea. In New Zealand, we spot the traditional cloaks of the Maori people.

A Maori cloak
A Maori cloak

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