Although many regions within Italy have traditional clothing reflective of that area's history and traditions, there is no official national costume of Italy. This is possibly because Italy, as the country as it is known now, is relatively young.Continue Reading
Prior to unifying as a nation in the middle of the 19th century, the country known as Italy was comprised of several different city-states. The traditional dress of many of the regions of Italy reflects those individual histories rather than a unified national history.
Because there are certain elements that the regional traditional costumes share, they are often merged to represent a single look. Most regional costumes, for instance, are comprised of brightly colored skirts, a corset over a white blouse or shirt and an apron made of lace or embroidered fabric, which is indicative of many parts of Italy. Accessories, such as head pieces or shoes, may vary slightly from region to region. Many depictions of traditional Italian costumes depict the country's famous red, white and green national colors. After the country unified, the South was slower to modernize than the North. Its agrarian traditional dress is a bit of a contrast from the more elegant, refined images of Venetian costumes. Images from the early years, in which Italy was a first a united kingdom, may be a reflection of national pride.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
Some typical wedding night traditions are for the groom to carry the bride over the threshold of the room where they are to spend the night, decorating the room with scented candles and flowers, playing romantic music, using mood lighting, and wearing sexy clothing or lingerie. Some other traditions are taking a bath together, feeding each other strawberries or chocolates, using an aphrodisiac or sex toys, and massaging each other or hiring a professional masseuse.Full Answer >
Though clothing in Japan varies from person to person, the Japanese are internationally known for both their traditional kimonos and their involvement in Cosplay (the practice of dressing in costume or like a fictional character). They are also known for their varying Lolita styles.Full Answer >
According to Asian Info, many Indian men across all regions in India wear conventional Western clothing, such as shirts and trousers. However, most village men still wear traditional clothes like dhotis, lungis, kurtas and pyjamas. Men's Indian clothing varies in styles, textures, colors and garments and is greatly influenced by different cultures and religions.Full Answer >
Pakistani clothing styles reflect the cultures and climates of the Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Pashtun and Kashmir regions of Pakistan. The national dress, called the shalwar kameez, is composed of loose trousers and long shirts. It is worn by all Pakistani men and women, though the inhabitants of each region embellish the outfit in regionally specific ways.Full Answer >