Ethnic Costumes

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Ethnic Costumes

One of my favorite aspects of folk dancing is seeing authentic folk costumes. Many folk dancers own costumes from their family heritage of from countries they’ve visited. Since I’m the offspring of German parents, I bought myself a dirndl from Germany. In the picture below, taken at the 2015 Phoenix Folk Dance Festival, I’m standing in the front row in the center wearing the mostly black dress. Others are wearing costumes from all over or contemporary United States casual attire.2015 Phoenix Folk Dance Festival

Many folk costumes from Europe feature colorful embroidery. An example of Ukranian clothing:

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Queen Elisabeta of Romania. Notice that she is spinning wool with a drop spindle.

Queen Elisabeta of Romania

A Polish folk dance troupe:

 

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Photo by Felouch Kotek, used under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

 

Macedonian females:

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Albanian men:

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Serbian costumes:

Serbian folk dancers

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A warrior costume from Indonesia:

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Some of the above photographs I took myself, and others I found on Wikipedia. It’s hard to find lots of photos that don’t require a permissions process, but I do have a board of folk dance costumes on Pinterest, if you’d like to see more.

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