Just like a person’s name gives them an identity, culture is able to provide that identity to a nation. With the globalized world however though, we see these individual nation’s cultural identity depreciating creating a more globalized culture. A combination of many cultures of different nations. While it is good embracing others culture, it is important that one maintains the culture of his/ her nation that distinguishes them from the others. If you lose that, it is similar to losing your name. You’ll have no identity.
Culture and fashion have gone hand in hand over many decades, creating the distinguishable outfits or attires that vary from one nation to another. Here are a few such examples of the fusion that culture and fashion has created.
This is the traditional attire of the Japanese. Although it may not be worn as frequently as it used to be in the past, it is still quite famous in the country and is worn on special occasions with modern adaptations to it. The decorations on this attire is significant, certain symbols like cranes that is added, represents good fortune and long life. This attire due to its uniqueness is now famous all around the world and is even used as a base when designing other new and unique clothes.
A single length of fabric wrapped around the body and worn with a blouse is the traditional dress of the women in India. Ranging from the most simplest and cotton made saris worn by the village folk to the fancy and glamorous kind worn by celebrities at fashion week, this attire is draped into various styles changing the way one would look if they were to wear it.
The Scottish definitely have a very unique traditional attire that has even led to the creation of other outfits similar to it. The kilt that practically looks like a skirt, is worn even now across Scotland. If one were to visit they’d be able to witness it themselves. It is worn from the most competitive dancers to the pipe players in formal.
In Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom situated between China and India, has made it compulsory for all its people to wear the national dress. For men it is the Gho, a knee length gown with a belt at the waist called keram. For formal functions a silk scarf called kabney is worn along with it. For women it is an ankle length dress called kira and scarf named rachus.
The most significant item that is a part of the Vietnamese culture is the conical hats or non la that is worn across the country. There are different other modifications that are done to it too, like the poetry lines that are written into the brim and is only visible when held up into the light.
Although Korea might be known for its widely popular Korean pop culture or kpop, it too had its traditional attire that was frequently worn by the people in the past. Using various fabrics like sambe, mosi, cotton and silk these hanboks were designed to not only look attractive but also provide protection from the coldest winters to the boiling summers.
These amazing traditional attires represents culture and identity distinguishing one from another. While embracing the globalized culture, it is better to keep one’s culture closer to the heart, to have that identity that defines you and differentiates you from another.