Peruvians are excellent craftsmen. Their clothing is still homemade in XXI century and looks pretty
much like traditional garments used centuries ago. People of Peru wear ponchos, dresses, blankets,
sweaters, layered skirts, tunics, sombreros, chullos and other native pieces of clothing. The national
costume of Peru is very colorful and bright, it is beautiful and original although the clothes are rather
thick and worm. Every tourist admires the beauty of local handmade clothing and wishes to buy
something at Peruvian colorful markets.
The main parts of women's clothing of this country are: ponchos, dresses, blankets, skirts, tunics and
Traditional Dances Around the World
Marinera is a coastal dance of Peru. Marinera is a graceful and romantic couple's dance that uses
handkerchiefs as props. The dance is an elegant and stylized reenactment of a courtship, and it shows
a blend of the different cultures of Peru. The dance itself has gained a lot of recognition and is one of
the most popular traditional dances of Peru. Ever since the 1960s, during the month of January, in the
city of Trujillo, declared national capital of this dance by law. In 2012, the Congress of the Peruvian
Republic declared October 7 as Marinera Day in Trujillo City, which is celebrated with a parade and
dance expressions. he origin of the Marinera is generally traced back to the Zamacueca.
Nevertheless, there are several other theories about where it comes from. Traditional accompaniment
for the dance is provided cajón, clarinets, guitars, drums, and bugles. The exact origin of the dance is
undetermined, but it is an unmistakable blend of Spanish, Moorish, Andean, and Gypsy rhythmic
influences. Though the Marinera dance style had been around for centuries in Peru, it gained the
name "Marinera" in honor of the Peruvian Navy, or the Marina de Guerra del Peru in 1879 when
Peru entered war against Chile.
Traditional wedding dresses of different countries
The tradition of wedding garments is one of the oldest most and respectful for every nation. Usually national
costume of the country plays the role of wedding garment. But it is not always so. Nevertheless traditional wedding
dress shows us the mentality and temper of certain nation.
Thailand traditional wedding dress is very elegant and beautiful. But it is rather simple also. Usually Thai women
don't buy a wedding dress just for one time to wear, they use it after wedding as an evening dress. Actually, there is
no specified wedding dress in Thailand, brides just use Thai national costume.
Traditional Thai wedding dress is made of cotton and silk, no synthetic. The wedding dress itself is a close-fitting,
brightly colored ensemble, often ornated with gold and gemstones. Golden jewelry is used to complement the
Thai wedding dress may consist of a full length wrap-around sarong with two pleated folds, and a one-shouldered
sleeveless top made of lace or heavily pleated silk, topped with an optional over-the-shoulder, floor-length shawl.
Another variant consist of a rounded neck, and long sleeved blouse, either buttoned at the front or the back; the top
is tucked beneath a floor length skirt with two front pleats.
MEXICO - Ballet Folklorico Mexicano
Founded in 1967 by Carlos Moreno Samaniego, the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano has achieved
recognition both in the United States and in Mexico. In 1980, the Mexican consulate in San Francisco
named the company the official ambassador for ongoing cultural activities with Mexico. It has held
that distinction for over twenty years during which time it regularly conducts tours in Mexican cities
such as Guadalajara, Oaxaca, Aguascalientes, and Durango.
Drawing on the artistic variety of Mexico's different regions, the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano has a
dance repertory of 120 pieces. Many of these are presented in their traditional form while others
have been restaged to include artistic elements from more contemporary choreography. In this way,
the indigenous rhythms of Tarascan Indian dances from central Mexico stand in sharp contrast to the
Spanish military; and courtship dances from that region. Similarly the African influences that
characterize dances from the Gulf of Mexico are juxtaposed by Mexican polkas that mark the
influence of eastern European from the north.
PHILIPPINES - Barong Tagalog & Baro at Saya
Filipino national costume is rather colorful, ornate and beautiful. Filipino people lived under the
occupation of other countries for centuries. That's why their national attire was formed under the
influence of different cultures and got some of their features. The US, Spain, and Japan had the
biggest impact on the traditional clothing of the Philippines. But nevertheless, Filipino folk dress is
very unique, authentic and even tribal, if we can say so.
The main factors that formed traditional clothing of this country are climate, cultural traditions,
foreign conquerors, and way of living.