The Traditional Folk Costumes of Croatia

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    Men's and Women's Croatian Folk Costumes

    Croatia Dancers
    ••• Bruce Tuten/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    These men's and women's traditional Croatian costumes show blue-and-white lacework, fringed shawls, flowered headdresses, woven sashes, and vests. This style of straight-legged pants can be seen in Croatian men's costumes of various regions. The black vests are also typical.

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    Croatian National Costumes

    Folk Costumes, Croatia
    ••• Folk Costumes, Croatia. CC BY philipshannon

    Croatian national costumes vary widely in design, colors used, and accessories worn. Regional preferences must also be taken into consideration, as well as the social status of the wearer. For example, a young unmarried woman might wear traditional clothing of her region with specific elements (brighter colors, a different headdress or hairstyle) to set her apart from the married women.

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    Female Folk Dancers, Croatia

    Female Folk Dancers, Croatia
    ••• Female Folk Dancers, Croatia. CC BY-NC-ND snidely7

    These women wear matching dark jackets over skirts that are made of patterned lace. Their long white headdresses hide their hair. Their necklaces, made of coins, are an element found in other female traditional costumes from Croatia.

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    Croatian Folk Costume in Porec

    Folk Costume in Porec, Croatia
    ••• Folk Costume in Porec, Croatia. Kerry Kubilius, licensed to

    This costume was on display in Porec. The white dress and shirt are decorated with red embroidered scrollwork, leaves, and flowers. The black-and-white photo to the right of the folk costume shows three women wearing similar outfits.

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    Folk Costume from Moslavina, Croatia

    beautiful young adult who took pride in their dance
    ••• Bruce Tuten/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    People from Moslavina, a region in Croatia that encompasses Zagreb, traditionally wore white clothing heavily embroidered with geometric designs. Panels of embroidery decorate the sleeves and skirts of these Croatian dancers. The women wear coral necklaces, though other types of neckwear is also typical to this region. All-white clothing (without colorful embroidery) was reserved for senior women or women in mourning.

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    Folk Costumes from Cilipi, Croatia

    Traditional Dancers from Cilipi, Croatia
    ••• Traditional Dancers from Cilipi, Croatia. CC BY-NC-ND Rupert Brun

    Cilipi is a village near Dubrovnik. These dancers wear the traditional costume of the village.

    The woman wears a long white skirt and blouse, black vest, embroidered sash, and yellow tassels around her neck. The man wears black, knee-length pants, a matching vest, and a white shirt. Both dancers wear a red hat typical to many Croatian traditional costumes.

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    Slavonian Costumes of Croatia

    Traditional Slavonian Costumes, Croatia
    ••• Traditional Slavonian Costumes, Croatia. CC BY-NC-ND blogdroed

    These ladies come from Osijek, a city in the eastern Slavonian region of Croatia. Red-and-black cropped vests stand out against the clean white lace of their blouses and aprons. A smattering of floral embroidery decorates the sleeves and aprons of some of the women. Their headdresses are folded neatly and cover the backs of their necks.

    Other areas of Slavonia have their own traditional costumes.