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Exploring Traditional Clothing from Around the World

Posted by on December 15, 2013

This week, we’ve had the privilege of working with a Fort Calgary kit which contains clothing from the four amazing countries we investigate in Social Studies: Tunisia, India, Ukraine and Peru!

The Fort Calgary Kit was a HUGE success!

The Fort Calgary Kit was a HUGE success! The Peruvian tri-fold made us feel like we were RIGHT there!

We spent a DAY trying these awesome clothes on, taking photos and sketching our experiences! What follows are our reflections on the day:

“Wow! Where did the day go? On December 10, 2013 my class did sketching and took pictures! My favourite part of the day was sketching! I did India and Tunisia. The India one was my favourite tri-fold. Oh. I forgot to tell you. This was the Fort Calgary kit! Every tri-fold had traditional clothing to mach the tri-fold. We slipped on the cultural clothes. At first, it smelled stinky. After a few seconds I got use to it! I hope I can do it again!” ~Hilary

“Wow! How fast Tuesday went! We tried the Indian, Ukrainian, Tunisian and Peruvian traditional clothing on. It took us almost HALF of Tuesday morning! Mrs. Renton said that we put on and took off our Fort Calgary clothes faster than her other classes. The first station that my enormous group went to was the Peruvian tri-fold, then the Ukrainian tri-fold. At the Ukrainian trifold, I got to put on the Ukrainian boy’s traditional clothing first! I loved it the most. Then, we went to the Tunisian tri-fold and then the last station … India. After that Mrs. Renton let us sketch our favourite tri-fold! I sketched the Ukrainian tri-fold. At first a greater number of people were sketching the Tunisian tri-fold but, after time … most people were sketching the Ukrainian tri-fold, (including myself still). What I like the most about the Ukrainian traditional boy’s clothing was the decorative embroidery and the red pants! The Fort Calgary kit was so fun, (especially the Ukrainian clothing)! I want it in our class always! It was like an indoor fieldtrip. I wish that we had the kit FOREVER!” ~Martin

This Tunisian tri-fold was SO much fun ... we LOVED the CAMEL!

This Tunisian tri-fold was SO much fun … we LOVED the CAMEL!

“Yesterday I was very excited about our Fort Calgary kit. We studied about our four countries. First I wore the Peruvian clothing and my teacher took pictures. Mrs. R. put it on the computer so she could show us all. My favourite was the Peruvian clothing. It was so fancy and colourful. The clothing surprised me in the pictures because it was so nice. I put my head in the tri-fold. That almost made me think that I was actually that person in the tri-fold! My favourite tri-fold was the Indian one because it was so fancy and so much nicer. We sketched the tri-fold that we liked the most.” ~Lane

‘That was so cool I exclaimed to my best friend Claire. I never knew that in Tunisia the girls wear long pants. Isn’t it hot there in Tunisia? There was also a long sleeved shirt. I was amazed by what they wear in Tunisia because isn’t it hot there in Tunisia? Anyway, the tri-fold had a camel on it with two more but on the hillside with a man guiding the camels. The camel on the flat grounds was guided by a man also. Snap. Snap. It was time to take the picture. I was wearing the long pants and the blouse. Cliiiick, the camera snapped a picture. It was our last photo. Where has the day gone, I exclaimed. I hope the kids in the next year’s class have fun with the tri-folds and the Fort Calgary kit!” ~Kennedy

“Hi readers! I’m going to tell you about the Fort Calgary kit we had yesterday! My favourite thing was trying on the traditional clothes. There are lots of Tunisian, Ukrainian, Indian and Peruvian clothes. When I came in there were clothes on the desks. The desks were rearranged and four tri-folds were up. We had to listen to Mrs. Renton tell us the rules. Most important was to hold the hats and not wear them! Then, she put us in groups and told us to go to a tri-fold. Then, we had to help others get dressed and Mrs. Renton came and took pictures. We got to go to each one until we were done. Bye, readers!” ~Kale

The Ukrainian tri-fold was a huge hit too! We LOVED the PUFFY pants!

The Ukrainian tri-fold was a huge hit too! We LOVED the PUFFY pants!

“OMG!!! Where did the day go? Yesterday we were using the Fort Calgary kit ALL day!!! My favourite tri-fold was the Ukrainian one because the girl’s clothes were blue. I love blue. My second favourite was Peru because it was pretty. I also like India. But not really Tunisia. I liked them all. After, we got to sketch the tri-fold of our choice. My choice was Peru. So was Mrs. Renton’s … that’s what she said!” ~Amy

“Click. Click. The camera flashed. Hello. I’m Ethan. Today my class is putting on traditional clothes! These were the countries: Ukraine, Tunisia, India and Peru. The first station was the Peruvian station and that’s where the story starts! As we put the traditional clothes on I thought to myself people wear this … I am SO amazed! It was time for the pictures so the people in my group got behind the tri-fold and it was time to take the pictures. Click. Click. It was done in 2 seconds! On to the next station. The station was Ukrainian. It was my turn to go behind the tri-fold. I thought to myself, up there, I like the Ukrainian pants. I like them because they’re SO PUFFY! I wish there were more boy’s clothes!” ~Ethan

“Everyone got to dress up with our four countries because we got to use the Fort Calgary kit! My group names were Kelly, Alex, Hilary, Catherine and me! The tri-folds were Tunisia, Ukraine, India and Peru! We had a lot of fun putting on clothes and putting our head in tri-folds! And, at the end of the day, we all got to sketch the tri-folds with all the details we could get! My first sketch was the Tunisian tri-fold. It had a camel and a person was holding it with a rope. My second one was Ukraine. There was a boy, dad, mom and girl. The background was a church, grass, trees and all of the beautiful traditional clothing. We all sketched for the last ten minutes. Read Aloud came. What a fast day I said and we all ran out the door! Goodbye! Click! (Door closing!)” ~Zyne

We LOVED the earrings on the Indian tri-fold!

We LOVED the earrings on the Indian tri-fold!

“Yes! It’s my turn to wear the girl’s Peruvian clothes!!! The first tri-fold that I went to was Peru. The people in my group were Hannah, Daniel, Martin, Lane and me. My group cooperated to help the people in our group get the fancy clothing on. Our teacher took pictures of us in the tri-folds!!! The Fort Calgary kit was about our four different countries which were: Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine and India. The Fort Calgary kit was here this Tuesday. I wish we could do this again!” ~Aya

“Our class was taking photos of the traditional clothing from Tunisia, Ukraine, India and Peru. When everyone was done we sketched the tri-folds. I sketched the Tunisian and the Peruvian tri-folds. I sadly only got to finish the Tunisian one. It was a picture of a person and a camel. t was very tricky to sketch. I can’t wait until we do it again!” ~Alex

“Yay! I got ready for school as fast as I could. When I got to school we were in stations. Why we were in stations was we were learning about Tunisia, Ukraine, India and Peru. And, guess what? We got to try on clothing from all of these countries. It was fun to try on clothing because you get to learn a lot about what they were! Mrs. Renton told us that it was hard to paint the tri-folds. Together Mrs. Renton and Mrs. Decoste painted them on the weekends. It was super hard. I will never forget what we did that day!” ~Kelly

Sketching our favourite tri-folds, after trying on all the traditional clothing, was peaceful and fun!

Sketching our favourite tri-folds, after trying on all the traditional clothing, was peaceful and fun!

“School can be so much fun! We put on clothes from India, Tunisia, Peru and Ukraine. I was so excited and I loved it!” ~Sam

“Hurry, I thought to myself! I was at the Peruvian tri-fold. It was my first station. We let Lane wear the traditional clothes first. It was simple. Just a blanket with a hole and a hat. Then I put my head into the tri-fold. My group was me, Martin, Hannah, Aya and Lane. Then we went to the Ukrainian tri-fold. I like the Tunisian clothes because it was my brother’s favourite out of the four countries. In the Indian tri-fold I put on the pants but it was the girls! Everyone was laughing! All the tri-folds we went to we took pictures. After that we drew pictures. I drew the Tunisian tri-fold. I only drew that and didn’t finish colouring. Alex said that would be the best Tunisian tri-fold picture in the school for sure. Drawing the picture was fun. I wish we could do it again!” ~Daniel

We have SO many questions about the traditional clothing worn in our four countries. We SURE hope our BLOG readers can help us out!

We have SO many questions about the traditional clothing worn in our four countries. We SURE hope our BLOG readers can help us out!

“Here. You can wear it first! We were trying on our four country clothes. We even put our face inside the tri-folds! The tri-fold pictures were Peru, India, Ukraine and Tunisia. My group was Aya, Martin, Daniel, Lane and me. Our first station was Peru. Aya got to wear the clothes first. Our next station was Ukraine. Our next station was Tunisia. Our last station was India! My favourite station was India because a woman had real earrings on! When it was almost read aloud we sketched. I sketched the whole picture of India. I wish I could put on the four country’s clothes again!” ~Hannah

“Bang went the tri-fold. Yesterday everyone in my class tried on the Tunisian, Ukrainian, Indian and Peruvian clothes. My table group went to the Tunisian tri-fold. I was first with the boy clothing. Noam was first with the girl clothing in the Tunisia station. Next was the Indian station. This time Peng Peng was first with the boy clothing and Jenna was first in the girl clothing. Next was the Peruvian station. This time Sam and Jenna were first to try out the clothing. Finally it was the Ukrainian station. Peng Peng and Noam were first to try out the clothing. It was fun to try out all the clothing!” ~Melvin

We CAN'T believe how QUICKLY the day FLEW by!

We CAN’T believe how QUICKLY the day FLEW by!

“Hey, Jenna, can you help me put the dress on? On December 10th we got the Fort Calgary kit. We put on clothes from India, Peru, Ukraine and Tunisia. My favourite tri-fold was the Indian tri-fold. There were four groups. My group was Jenna, Peng Peng, Melvin and me. We were cooperating together. Did you know that my teacher painted the scenes for Peru and Ukraine and another teacher in my school drew the scenes for India and Tunisia? When I was at each station I felt like I was in that country! My favourite costume was the Indian girl costume. It was a long dress that was purple with gold embroidered flowers on it. It also had gold baggy pants and a purple and gold scarf to go with it. I will NEVER forget that day!” ~Noam

“Whoa! this is big! Yesterday we were trying on traditional clothing from other countries. We were doing it with our table groups. My table group was Noam, Melvin, Jenna, Sam and I. Our first clothing and tri-fold was Tunisia. The tri-fold looked like it was in Tunisia! I was peering my head through a hole in the tri-fold. It looked like I was in Tunisia. I was the last who got the boy Tunisian clothes. The tri-fold looked like sand blowing and you could see a person and a camel. I was the only one in the picture besides Melvin who was sticking his head out of the hole! We got the kit from Fort Calgary. But, the tri-folds, the teachers made them. I hope we will be able to do it again sometime.” ~Peng Peng

MOST of us would love to KEEP the Fort Calgary kit for  ever and ever and EVER!

MOST of us would love to KEEP the Fort Calgary kit for ever and ever and EVER!

“Wow! This is going to be GREAT I said to myself! Our class had a Fort Calgary kit come into our class. We got to try on traditional clothing from our four countries. It was super fun! There were four tri-folds. There was a Peru station, a Tunisia station, and India station and a Ukraine station. One teacher painted the Tunisia and Indian tri-fold. My teacher painted the Ukrainian tri-fold and the Peruvian tri-fold. It took them HOURS! It was neat because the backgrounds made it feel like I was there! I helped Noam get on the clothes over her real clothes. that is what every kid had to do. Our class loved the Fort Calgary kit. I hope our class gets to do it again!” ~Jenna

“Click! CLICK! The camera snapped a picture. Class, it’s time to clean up! Nooooo … where did the day go? Is the Fort Calgary kit over? Yes, said Kennedy. My favourite station was the Indian one but I don’t know what traditional clothing I liked best! Perhaps the Indian one or the Tunisian one. I’ll make a decision. Hmmmm. It’s got to be the Tunisian one because of the fanciness. I hope we can do this again!” ~Cohen

I think a FEW of us would actually like to TAKE that camel HOME!

I think a FEW of us would actually like to TAKE that camel HOME!

“Kennedy, does this look good on me I asked as I tried on the Indian long velvet purple dress. Kennedy answered sure! Could I try it on next? There are four countries that we are learning about, and the first station that my group was at was India. First I should tell you about the four countries. These are the four countries … Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine and last but not least INDIA! Probably ,y favourite country was Ukraine because it was beautiful and because it was bright and stood out. Mrs. Renton and Mrs. DeCoste worked together to make the tri-folds. What’s a tri-fold? A tri-fold is a big piece of cardboard that Mrs. Renton and Mrs. DeCoste painted and snipped and glued and … ta da … there you are right in front of a beautiful tri-fold! How about now I should tell you about the traditional clothing. Is that okay with you? I hope so. Okay. For the Indian clothing there was a long velvet purple dress. For Ukraine there was a … oh … I never told you about the Indian boy clothing. Do you want to know? For the Indian boy clothing there was a told top. Okay. Back to Ukraine. For Ukraine there was, (for the girls), a blue and white designed top and the bottom had a skirt and was probably down to my knees. For Tunisia there was a blue and white striped shirt and a skirt that went overtop. For the boys, there was a blue shirt that had designs all down the middle. The day flew by and I hope that I can do the Fort Calgary kit again!” ~Claire

We CAN'T wait to begin checking out the OTHER artifacts in the Fort Calgary kit! Stay tuned ... we will share our discoveries in our NEXT blog post!

We CAN’T wait to begin checking out the OTHER artifacts in the Fort Calgary kit! Stay tuned … we will share our discoveries in our NEXT blog post!

A couple of days later, out came the iPads to investigate several of our wonders! We discovered the names of some of the articles of clothing we got to try on and a little bit more about WHEN they wear these traditional clothes in Tunisia, Peru, India and Ukraine! Our exploration has also shown us that the traditional clothing within one country can vary between different REGIONS as well!

We wonder:

  • Have you ever been to Tunisia, India, Peru or Ukraine?
  • If so, did you see many people dressed in their traditional clothing or do they mostly wear them for special celebrations?
  • Does YOUR family have special traditional clothing? If so, what does it look like? (Maybe you could add a “hyperlink” to your comment so that we can see a picture or two!)

2 Responses to Exploring Traditional Clothing from Around the World

  1. Hilary

    Dear Mrs. Renton,

    This is my first blog comment on the blog!!! I had an awesome time trying on the traditional clothes. My favourite clothes were from Peru. I liked them because they were really nice to try on. I really wish that we could do the Fort Calgary kit again!

    Hilary πŸ™‚

    • The Battalion Bloggers

      Hi Hilary!

      Thank you for leaving a comment. Why were the clothes from Peru your favourite traditional clothes? What specifically did you like about them? We would like to try the Fort Calgary kit again too. It was fun to find out more about each country’s traditional clothing. Did you also like the other part of the Fort Calgary kit with the artifacts?

      The Battalion Bloggers πŸ™‚

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