National costumes


Šumadija National Costume: Clothing of the Rich Tradition


Introduction to the Šumadian Tradition


Šumadija folk costume, with its unique shapes, colors and details, represents an important part of Serbian cultural heritage. Through the centuries, this costume reflected the way of life, customs and aesthetic values ​​of the people in the heart of Serbia. This text sheds light on the history, significance and contemporary use of Šumadija folk costume.

History of Šumadija Costume

Šumadija folk costume developed under the influence of different historical periods, while maintaining authenticity and originality. It is characterized by the use of natural materials, such as wool and cotton, and handwork that gives each piece a special value. Throughout history, Šumadija costume was not only a daily wear but also a symbol of social status and regional identity.

Features and Parts of the Costume


Men's Costume:

Boots: Handmade from leather, with or without rubber on the sole.
Socks: Richly knitted and with embroidered motifs.
Pants: Breech pants in green or navy.
Belt: Woven on a loom, decorates and supports the trousers.
Shirt: Elaborately embroidered, often decorated with a cross.
Vest: Decorated with traditional Šumadija motifs.
Shajkača: Indispensable part of men's costume.

Women's Costume:

Skirt: Pleated, hand woven.
Apron: Embroidered on cotton plush.
Belt and Shirt: Handwoven and richly embroidered.
Waistcoat: Hand-embroidered with gold embroidery, it is the central decoration of women's costumes.

Where to Buy and Price Šumadija Costume

The Šumadija national costume can be ordered now online at Serbianshop. Production takes 10-20 days and is made to measure.

The price varies depending on the material, the handwork and the detail of the workmanship. There are models for children as well as authentic pieces for adults.

When to Wear Šumadija Costume?

The traditional Šumadija costume is worn during various festivities, cultural events and religious holidays. In addition, the costume is popular among folklore ensembles that cherish the traditional dances and songs of Serbia. Šumadija costum is also used as main outfit for Serbian Heritage Nights all around the globe. 

Šumadija national costume represents a precious part of Serbian cultural heritage. Its preservation and promotion are essential for maintaining links with the past and nurturing national identity. Through costumes, generations are able to pass on customs, knowledge and love for tradition.

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