Brazil is a huge country located in eastern South America. It is world-famous for its several attractive tourist destinations and cultural diversity. The roots of Brazilian culture are found in African and European indigenous traditions and cultures. However, a major influence is that of Portuguese culture. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, German, Japanese, Italian, Arab and Spanish immigrants settled in Brazil and contributed a lot towards the multi-ethnic and multicultural society that we see today. Brazilian culture is enriched with literature, arts, music and sumptuous, flavorful cuisine. Brazil is well-known for its spectacular street parades during the Carnival. The street parades wouldn't be half as attractive if it weren't for the great costumes worn by the people. This article will focus on the different types of attire that the Brazilians wear.
Traditional Brazilian Clothing
The attire is an integral part of the culture of any country. Each country has its own unique traditional clothing which represents its cultural and social status. The type of clothes worn by people is determined on the basis of the climatic conditions, traditions, and ethnic groups of the area. Brazil is a large country with diverse climatic conditions in different regions. Hence, the traditional clothing of Brazil varies from region to region. Brazil is known internationally for its stylish and sophisticated clothing. Brazilian clothes are comfortable, vividly colored, beautifully crafted and decorated with attractive accessories. Traditional Brazilian clothing is influenced by a combination of different races and immigrants from all over the world. In the southern region of Brazil, there is a mixture of German, Russian and Italian immigrants; while in Rio de Janeiro, immigrants from England, Portugal and Africa are predominant. The Bahia region of Brazil is influenced by African culture, hence their traditional clothing is Bordado Richelieu, which is a doily-like embroidered fabric. Rio de Janeiro is popular for its magnificent beaches. Hence, people in this region mainly wear beach style shirts, bermudas and sunglasses.
True traditional Brazilian attire can be seen in the countryside, where men's clothing includes shirts, jeans and dresses made from inexpensive cotton. In Rio Grande do Sul, the southern plain region of Brazil, the cowboys (gauchos) wear a distinctive dress: baggy trousers called bombachas, ponchos, wide straw hats and boots. The cowherds (vaqueiros) in the Northeast region wear a coat, hat and leather chaps. In Amazon, the native Amerindians wear traditional tunics and paint their faces. They make use of beads and feathers to decorate their bodies. They are known for their distinctive hairstyles and body painting. However, these days, many native Americans have adopted a contemporary clothing and lifestyle. In Bahia, many women prefer traditional African clothing that includes a bright colorful shawl, a long full skirt and a turban-like head scarf. They are fond of colorful, beaded necklaces and bracelets.
In the urban areas of Brazil, most people prefer modern clothing. Young men wear jeans and T-shirts. Short skirts and dresses are very popular among women. Jeans are the most common item in the Brazilian wardrobes. Jeans made for women are tight-fitting and loosely tapering near the feet. Brazilian jeans come in a wide variety of designs, styles and textures. Due to the abundance of beautiful beaches, beachwear is a very popular clothing in Brazil.
So, that was what we had on traditional Brazilian clothing. The next time you visit Brazil, don't forget to purchase some of these clothes to add a flash of color to your wardrobe.