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Costume gallery

Clothes from different cultures

a head and shoulders photo of a geisha

Costume of a geisha, close-up

a full length photo of a geisha

Costume of a geisha, full-length

If your play is based in Japan, you might want a costume for a traditional geisha - a female Japanese entertainer. They wear white make-up on their face, with bright red lips. A geisha always wears a kimono (a traditional full-length robe).

man and woman in traditional indian wedding outfits

Clothes as worn at a traditional indian wedding

woman in sari and men in traditional indian costumes

Traditional Indian dress

The traditional dress for an Indian woman is a sari- a large piece of cloth that can be wrapped around the body in various styles. The most common style of wearing a sari is wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder. Most women wear a short-sleeved blouse underneath.

Traditional clothing for Indian men includes a knee-length (or longer) shirt (note women may also wear these). It's usually worn over loose trousers.

man with feather in hair holding a drum

The colourful dress of African street perfomers

woman in traditional african costume

Dress of a traditional african woman

man and women in various colourful african dress

Traditional african dress, worn in a variety of ways

Traditional African costume varies widely across the continent, although there are some similarities. Tunics or kaftans (long shirts, usually to the floor) are popular clothing for men, worn with loose trousers. Women may wear toga-inspired garments, wrapped around their bodies. Bright coloured fabrics and beaded jewellery are popular.

African warriors sometimes wear fantastically decorated costumes, and paint their bodies.

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