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Minggu, 21 November 2010

Fijian Wedding Dress

Similar with Samoan wedding dress, Fijian Wedding Dress was made of the bark of a Mulberry Tree. The tapa costumes are all raw fiber but soft enough to bend and shape. 

The tapa is decorated with traditional patterns of black, brown and white symbolizing the region or part of Fiji where the tapa was made from (Namuka I Lau). Some of the more rare tapas are painted with different shades of soil and clay. 

The costumes are 3-tiered and made up of a single piece around the waist, another single piece around the mid-section and a plain sash around the chest.

Sabtu, 20 November 2010

Samoan Wedding Dresses

Brides from Samoa make their traditional wedding gowns using tapa cloth, which they obtain from the barks of mulberries.

Some Samoan brides may make their wedding gowns out of siapo, which is a cloth they make out of hardwood barks; this fabric is important especially during wedding ceremonies where the culture demands that the bride should put on a wedding dress made of this fabric.

Kamis, 11 November 2010

Elizabethan Wedding Dress

In Elizabethan Wedding Dress, the bride did not wear a white wedding dress, this was a later tradition. Instead she would wear her best gown and kirtle , or even a new gown if the money was available. The gown would cover most of the body and would be full length. A cloak was used as an outer garment. Velvet, Satins and Corduroy were costly and therefore worn by the nobility. Although the vast majority of the body was covered it was permissible for dresses to have plunging necklines. A necklace was often worn which drew even more attention to a woman's breasts. The necks and cuffs of gowns were decorated with silk or linen ruffs. The hair was often worn loose as a symbol of purity.

The wedding garments belonging to the majority of brides were generally made from Flax, Cotton and wool. Colours came in a variety of different shades: red, blue, greens,  white, grey, black, orange and tan.  Corsets were occasionally worn but any additional undergarments were rarely heard of. A shift, or chemise, would also be worn beneath the gown.  Fresh flowers were central to the clothing. The bride would wear flowers in her hair and they would also adorn her gown. Unmarried girls were allowed to wear there hair loose but once married it had to be hid beneath a bonnet. Wealthy brides had garments which were adorned with jewels and gold and silver thread. It was also traditional to carry a bouquet. A bride would have bridesmaids and these would be similarly attired.

The Bridegroom wore his best clothes which consisted of a doublet, breeches, hose, box pleated neck ruff and a cod piece. A cloak might also be worn and a pair of boots. Elizabethan men usually wore a short shift as an undergarment. Velvet, Satins and Corduroy were costly and therefore worn by the nobility. The garments belonging to the common man were generally made from Flax, Cotton and wool. Colours came in a variety of different shades: red, blue, greens, yellow, white, grey, black, orange and tan. The colour of yellow would not be chosen for a wedding - it was a sign of mourning. A bridal procession would move from the family's house to the church. This was a particularly festive event and the procession would be accompanied by musicians. 

Medieval Celtic Wedding Dress

Medieval Celtic wedding dress looks so romantic, and Celtic traditions are steeped in romantic folklore including the belief that the tiny vein in the ring finger leads straight to the heart.
Celtic wedding dresses lend themselves beautifully to colors like pink and many brides are opting for colored wedding dresses, either to suit skin tone better or simply because it’s original.
The Celtic knot is a symbol of longevity so knots incorporated into the dress are a good luck charm for newlyweds.

Jumat, 05 November 2010

Traditional Spanish Wedding Dress

A truly traditional Spanish wedding dress is a silk black with lacy mantillas to show their devotion until death.


Other colors that are also allowed are white and red so the bride will be fine in any of these. A black shawl draped over one's shoulders may turn out to be a good addition to the bridal gown as long as it complements the gown's color.

Spanish bridal gown is not only made from silk. Chiffon,  taffeta, organza and tulle are some of the favorite materials from which the gowns are made.

The different designs will then be adorned by additional features such as crystals, beadings, diamante and various exquisite embroideries.