Antique tribal clothes

The shape and style of antique tribal costume pieces produced on the six continents reveals the mankind’s highly rich skill, creativity and aesthetic.

The tribal clothes’ materials, techniques, forms, motifs and colors identified the geography, the history, the religious beliefs, the lifestyle and cultural differences within people such as nomads’ dresses, Laos Hmong skirts, ethnic clothes from Central Asia, Bhutanese women’s dress (kira), Yemeni indigo dresses …

Differences also existed between antique tribal clothes for everyday use and antique tribal clothes for festive occasions.

Through the middle of Central Asia, antique tribal costumes despite various influences of the trades routes of the Silk Road, kept the shape and style of ethnic clothes which were long and wide woven in cotton, silk or wool with often with bright colors and embroideries.

The elite of Ottoman people had antique tribal clothes in velvet, silk, wool, felt with beautiful embroideries with gold, silver, metallic brocading, silk embroideries.

Very different were antique blue Hmong tribal clothes in north Laos, particularly the blue pleated skirts made of batik hemp dyed with indigo, embroidered and decorated with appliqué technique

Amazing were the different regions’ ethnic costumes in Yemen : the blue indigo dyed cotton women’s tribal dresses fully embroidered, the wedding dresses embellished with bright colored cotton or metallic threads and the men’s tribal hand woven cloth (futah)

Also, the warrior Naga cloth in cotton or hemp embroidered with seeds …


The important variety of tribal antique clothes, ethnic costumes reveal their strong significance, link to the different identities of peoples from around the world

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