Topic: Traditional Dress 🇨🇦 (Contest entry)
Canada doesn't have a Traditional Dress that is recognizable anymore because it is a diverse country with citizens of many cultural backgrounds.
When most people think of Canada they imagine the outfits of the Mounties (Royal Canadian Mounted Police). But that's simply a uniform, I've only seen a Mountie maybe once or twice in my life.
Historically the Traditional Dress would resemble a very European style for the obvious reason that we were founded by immigrant settlers from Europe (excluding the Aboriginal/Indigenous populations)
Here's a photo depiction of 18th century outfits. It's all a very similar style to earlier, simply more wealthy materials.
"Garments for new settlers were brought to Canada from France and other countries by ships. So, people were wearing European style garments, but because of a time lag of at least a year between the initiation of a style in Europe and its appearance in Canada, settlers got old-fashioned clothes. That's why Canadian fashions in 17th and 18th century were: men's wigs, rich fabrics and elegant lace. Men wore breeches (slightly below the knee trousers). The settlers were very conservative, they tried to keep traditions of the Old World. So, they were pretty conservative in clothing unlike people in France, from where dressing was brought."
Styles ended up being adapted because of the interaction with Aboriginal/Indigenous populations of Canada.
"During centuries of living in Canada new settlers adopted a lot of features and tips in dressing from Native Indians. They began to use leather and fur, especially in everyday garments. Also people began to wear moccasins, leggings, blanket capotes (which transformed into a greatcoat) etc."
The Aboriginal/Indigenous peoples had their own distinct styles. "The Native Canadian women mostly wore shirts, skirts and leggings, but the design, material and decorations were different from tribe to tribe. In some tribes shirts were optional and were used only as a coat. Other women always wore shirts, tunics or mantles in public. There were also American Indian dresses, which replaced shirts, skirts and leggings in some Indian tribes in Canada."
Canadians as I said before are diverse and as a result there isn't really a recognizable Traditional Dress here, now a days we dress however we want, generally casual.
"There are some pieces of clothing that are typical for present-day Canadians. Fashion in Canada today still depends much on the weather and climate conditions.
That's why people wear parkas, long john's (an undergarment, basically long underwear), ear muffs, scarves, gloves, mittens, tuques (woolen caps), various jackets made of linen and leather, leggings, ojibwa shirts, trousers, and moccasins. These are unisex clothes, good for both men and women."
Above, are Moccasins. They're pretty popular here.
Tuques are definitely a popular hat to keep warm in the winters.
If you're in Canada you're sure to see people dressed in Roots brand clothing, they're Canadian and very popular.
So, What are your thoughts on Canadian Clothing? 🇨🇦
Information/Photos Credit to: http://nationalclothing.org/america/17-canada/11-traditional-dress-of-canada-history-and-examples.html
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