Records about clothes, worn in the past, date back to the 11th-13th centuries. The main components of garments worn by an ancient woman were a linen chemise with long sleeves and a woollen coat. A woollen piece of cloth was wrapped around the hips and it was fixed with a belt. National costumes were the indicators of a status and national origin. Both everyday garments and festive costumes involved a complicated system of symbols referring to the wearer’s social status, marital status and age.

Generally the clothes may be divided into 3 groups:

  • Festive clothes – only worn on festive occasions and handed down from generation to generation;

  • Visiting clothes, clothes for going out in that were less festive;

  • Working clothes were worn every day and were made of materials of lower quality and without adornments; sometimes older visiting clothes were later worn as working clothes.