Clothing customs affect styles. Their customs develop in a country as generation after generation of children learns what clothes to wear.

Penelope Truce
Penelope Truce
Sep 28, 2009
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Clothing !!!



All of you must have played the game called ‘Dress-Up’, sometime or the other. It involves dressing up and usually involves the act of impersonating someone. The type of clothes you dress up in often resembles who you are trying to be, either adults' clothing or special play clothes designed specifically for dress-up like feather boas and jewelry. Now let’s know a little history of how clothes came into existence!!!

In ancient society people lived in crude caves, naked. During the New Stone Age they invented bone needle and began to sew simple winter dress with leaves and animal skins. With the development of the society, people were engaged in agriculture and they started to spin and weave, and even sewed coats with linen.


In the class society, dress became the token of social status. It was from the Xia and Shang Dynasties that dress system came into being in China. In the Zhou Dynasty, the system was perfected. From then on the distinctions as to color, design and adornment of dress were strictly made among the emperor, officials and the common people.


You may be thinking, why is clothing or dress so important???


The first and real function of clothing is to protect the human body from dangers in the environment: weather (strong sunlight, extreme heat or cold, and precipitation, for example), insects, noxious chemicals, weapons, and contact with abrasive substances, and other hazards. Clothing can protect against many things that might injure the naked human body. In some cases clothing protects the environment from the clothing wearer as well.



Clothing is a form of nonverbal communication. Just as a magazine tells a story, clothing tells something about the person wearing it.



What do you want to tell others about yourself? How do you want to appear to others?




Military, police, and firefighters usually wear uniforms, as do workers in many industries. School-children often wear school uniforms, while college and university students sometimes wear academic dress.


Most sports and physical activities are practised wearing special clothing, for practical, comfort or safety reasons. Common sportswear garments include shorts, T-shirts, polo shirts, tracksuits, and trainers. Specialised garments include wet suits (for swimming, diving or surfing) and salopettes (for skiing).




aaDifferent countries have different customs and different sets of


We have grouped the following countries to illustrate to you how the different customs and traditions of some countries affect the type of clothes people wear.


China aa

The Chinese believe that dark-colored clothing bring bad luck and should be avoided while wearing brighter-colored clothes, especially the color red is auspicious as it is believed that the color red can bring good luck and prosperity.



India aa

Most Indian women wear saris. This is a garment consisting of a 6-meter long piece of cloth, which is draped around the body as a long dress. The loose end of the cloth is flung over the shoulder or used to cover the head of the woman wearing it.

Most unmarried women and young girls in Northern India usually wear long flowing trousers called a shalwar and a long blouse called kameez. The tribal women wear long skirts.

Most Indian men wear a dhoti. This is usually white in color and is wrapped around the legs forming loose trousers. The poor laborers wear loincloth, a piece of cloth wrapped around the hips between the thighs. In cities, western dressing is increasing in popularity.




Russia aa

Traditional Russian clothing consists of embroidered colorful shirts and blouses,   including embroidered headwear, and also shoes that are specially woven from bust, a very strong and tough fiber from the bark of special trees.


Bolivia aa

The men wear striped ponchos and colorful shawls. The women wear full skirts. They also wear derby hats.


Egypt aa

The Fellahin men (fellahin means peasant) wear pants and long, full shirt-like garments called a galabiyah; whereas the women wear long flowing gowns either in dark or bright colors.



North Africa aa

In Northern Africa, the men wear long, loose robes. Many men also wear turbans or skullcaps. The women folk wear long, simple dresses, at times with baggy trousers underneath. The women also wear a dark colored cloak or shawl in public, while some follow the Islamic tradition of covering their faces with veils. However, people in the cities dress in western-styled clothing.

Scotland aa

The people from the highlands of Scotland wear kilts. It is a knee-length, skirt-like garment that is pleated at the back, but has a plain front. These kilts are made of tartan, a checked cloth. The design of the kilt is usually associated with a particular Scottish clan.





Portugal aa

Their traditional clothing consists of berets, stocking caps, baggy shirts and trousers for the men. Women wear long dresses and shawls. In other places the people dress entirely in black or another dark color for their daily activities, but they put on colorful garments on special occasions.




Author's note: Clothing customs affect styles. Their customs develop in a country as generation after generation of children learns what clothes to wear.
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