People in traditional clothes

I’d go for national dress if there is one or something old-timey like a vintage photo showing how people used to dress.

This is one card I recently got from Finland showing their national dress.

I think “traditional” as in “ceremonial”, like wearing a particular outfit for an armed forces parade or to take part in a particular festival. In the UK, that could be people doing morris dancing.

Or taking part in a ceremonial parade like the coronation.

Aside from the cheesy example of lederhosen, I don’t know Germany well enough to give any local suggestions for you!

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thank you. I understand what you all mean. I do not think I am going to buy cards like that, I just tried to understand what it could mean for Europe generally…

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I found this one on an market stall. It’s an old fashioned card of traditional Welsh dress. I only see it worn by staff in museums, or if children are dressing up on St David’s day.


I’d say anything that has been featured on this blog and is from your area would qualify :slight_smile: or in other words I would use the same definition of traditional / folk costume as used on that site.

Searching for Germany on the blog shows costumes also for the eastern part of Germany, but they do state “As in many parts of Western Europe, the survival of Folk costume in Germany is very spotty.”.

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In Switzerland you can find people in “Trachten”, so I would consider such cards as appropriate. People wear them for special occasions, like singing in a choir, jodeling, dancing or local festivities. i am not a huge fan of traditional clothes so I don’t have such cards in my stock and unfortunately I also do not know where to get them.


I don’t see why not, as long as the people wearing them are Native American. Many tribes hold festivals and ceremonial events where their traditional dress is worn.

When I think of a “traditional” American costume for white folks, it would probably be like “pioneer” era clothing, with the women in bonnets and stuff - which you only see in historical reenactments now.

As someone who asks for that kind of card, I just mean something more or less unique to your country/region. There is not ONE type of clothes representing a country, even in small ones like mine (Portugal)! USA, for example, could be native American, or cowboys, but also Hawaii girls with straw skirts, or Inuit/Esquimo from Alaska! The fun is the diversity …

I also have a doll collection, and these are my German dolls:

Feel free to look at my profile/favourites for ideas!


Yeah, this is a tough one. I live near Tombstone, Arizona (which I avoided for many years as it is one of those touristy places you only ever go back to when someone from out of town is visiting and never been). People dress up like wild west days of 1880’s, but is part of the whole history and now tourist draw. This has been the closest to “traditional clothes” for me…and a reminder I need to go back and stock up, because I also do see this request a lot.

This is an example. I loved this experience as when I got this card, the guy working behind the counter at the OK Corral gift shop, was actually one of the ones in the photo. Was early in pandemic so he pulled down his mask and laughed saying “don’t you recognize me” :rofl:


This would be hard to determine for the US…it could include Indigenous people in ceremonial regalia (sadly lots of tourist cards show a stereotype), cowboys, colonial era historical re-enactors, Amish, etc but it leaves out many other communities such as Asian Americans & African Americans so I don’t think there is a single answer for us

I can easily associate “traditional clothes” or dresses the ones that people wear for traditional dances. As you and Roz35 say, here in Europe, even if our countries are “small” compared to world map, on the largest ones there’s a huge variety of them depending of regions (that maybe were independent countries not long ago), of areas into the regions and in them depending to events… I show you different ones from Spain: Catalan Pyrenees,

Southern Spain,

Basque Country

or Baleares (Mallorca and Ibiza)

(As you can guess… it’s one of my favourite subjects :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:)


I think including Native American tribes’ traditional dress in with “traditional American clothes” in the USA sense is kind of complicated, considering the history there. There are definitely arguments for and against it. But the USA is so young I think that we are still developing our “traditional clothes.” Honestly, I predict that in 200 years people will see traditional American dress as blue jeans and peacoats! After all, we’ve been wearing both of them since the late 1800’s and show no signs of stopping.

Here are some examples of Dutch traditional costumes, they vary per town/region:

Even though we are a small European country, there is still a huge variety. :wink:

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The black forest region has its red Bollenhut-hats. They are shown on many cards from here.

There is the World Fashion series that is sold on postcardsmarket. The USA ones feature Native or indigenous dress and Western style cowboy dress. The Natives appear to be pow wow dress. Most Natives at least from my point of view have a developed a certain costume for the pow wow dances which appear here. Even tho Native dress before colonization was not standardized.

The other one which Cowboy dress varies a lot. A first glance one could think Texas. But its very broad. It looks more like Hollywood cowboy style or stage performance than a traditional style of cowboy. Its Western themed for sure.

Yes, I know! Lovely stamps indeed :wink:

For me personally traditional clothing in the US is traditional clothing of the indigenous people. So like someone mentioned earlier - Native Americans, Inuits, Hawaii… I don’t think most people care if it comes from your area as long as it comes from your country. I send national costumes from any part of the Czech Republic (they differ quite a lot). I personally don’t consider colonizer’s clothing as traditional.

Some of the Indian fashion in different parts of the country

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This is indeed an interesting question for Americans. The USA is such a young country, formed by immigrants. My paternal grandparents and maternal great-grandparents emigrated from Poland. When I was growing up, we used to attend festivals at a Polish Catholic church in Los Angeles. We had traditional Polish outfits. I still have one my mother made for me when I was about 5 years old. Also, one I made for myself as an adult to attend my Grandma’s 98th birthday! With my family heritage, I have no claim to the indigenous Indian culture, nor even the cowboy culture. But, even though I’m of Polish descent, I’m not really Polish, either.
Honestly, since I grew up near the beaches of Southern California and now call the beaches of the Florida panhandle home, if pressed to name “traditional clothes,” I’d have to say shorts, teeshirt, and flip flop sandals!:beach_umbrella::blush:

Hi peacelike!
Europe is incredibly rich in different national costumes. It cannot be said that one nation has the same costume. It is much more common that in one country each region has its own typical traditional costume. Here are some postcards with national costumes from Slovakia (where I’m from) and Germany that I have in my collection.

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