Folk costumes can be found in almost every society, from the peaks of the Himalayas to the plains of Africa. They form an important part of a region’s history and identity, even if they are no longer worn on a regular basis.
Some areas regard their national dress as an unofficial uniform, to be worn only on ceremonial occasions. In other societies, traditional clothing is mandatory for both men and women.
The team at Escapade have been busy researching traditional clothing from across the globe. From the Russian Sarafan to the Japanese Kimono, take a look at our guide to the world’s most iconic folk costumes.