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Traditional Clothing Around the World

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Clothing Around the World The clothing found in different countries tells a lot about the culture throughout it. Religion and values play a big part in the diversity of style around the world. Let's take a closer look at some examples of traditional clothing. Beads are used in African culture to represent a person's wealth. The colors and sizes of the beads symbolize a person's social status. Bigger, brighter beads were a sign of wealth and every color represtents something different. Africa Ireland The Claddagh Ring is used in the Irish culture to denote if someone's heart is taken or open. When the heart faces towards the person's body, their heart is taken. Traditionally, this ring was used as a poor man's wedding ring, but is worn now by people of many economic statuses. The traditional clothing of Mexico is made with extremely vibrant colors. The fabric available to the region is what was used for making the dress. The intricate designs in every article of clothing represented some sort of story or icon of Mexican history. Mexico Throughout Chinese history, culture has reguarded color as being highly representational of a peron's rank in society. Red was considered to be the most respectable and desireable, thus making it one of the most widely used colors in traditional Chinese clothing. China Thailand In Thailand, the clothing represents different regions instead of wealth. The colors and textiles used differentiate the locations of the people wearing them. Iraq In Iraqui culture, women are expected to be extremely modest. The clothing they wear covers almost all of their skin and hair to keep with religious and social beliefs. Scotland Contrary to popular belief, the modern day Scottish kilt barely resembles the original. They began as battle attire and have evolved into more formal clothing. They had the sole purpose of keeping a soldier warm in the cold climate of Scotland. Russia The traditional dress for women in Russia was primarily designed to preserve her dignity. The modest clothing also doubled as a work uniform because it was comfortable and easy to move around in. India The bindi is a decoration used in many Asian countries, primarily India. It is seen as a symbol of wisdom and beauty. The area where it is placed is considered to be where energy exits the body, so it is used to retain that energy. Stephanie Thompson The Arctic The people who reside in the Arctic, most commonly referred to as "Inuits" simply had to dress for the elements. Like many regions, weather played a big part in clothing. Their jackets, hats, and boots were all made of animal skins and down feathers to keep the wind and snow out and the warmth in. United States [Hawaii] The lei was first worn in the Pacific islands, most commonly in Hawaii. It is a necklace made of linked Lehua flowers and symbolize fertility. They are very popular in greetings among guests at weddings or similar celebrations. Netherlands Oddly enough, the clogs which originated in the Netherlands served two very different purposes - protection for miners and dance shoes for the everyday civilian. These wooden shoes were adorned with images representing stories, a style common in many cultures. Bibliography

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