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From the craft, to the textiles, to the finishing touches - and even to the customs that come with it - our traditional clothing reflects our cultural identity. Worn Within explores the stories and people behind our traditional clothing. This series is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota.
From the craft, to the textiles, to the finishing touches - and even to the customs that come with it - our traditional clothing reflects our cultural identity. Worn Within explores the stories and people behind our traditional clothing. This series is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota.

Worn Within: Did Mayan weaving patterns originate in Spain?

WATCH: Many scholars credit the Spanish conquistadors for creating the different weaving patterns of the 21 indigenous Mayan groups living in Guatemala. The Mayan...

Worn Within: How did Sølje become Norwegian heirlooms?

WATCH: Sølje is not your ordinary jewelry - it possesses magical powers. Sølje, meaning "shiny" or "sunny" in Norwegian, is the traditional jewelry of Norway....

Worn Within: Why is weaving essential to a Karen wedding?

WATCH: Like a bride and her groom, the marriage customs and the weaving traditions of the Karen people go hand-in-hand. The Karen ethnic group is primarily from Kayin...

Worn Within: What is the difference between Dakota & Ojibwe beadwork?

WATCH: Did you know there are stark differences between Dakota and Ojibwe beadwork patterns? And now you're about to find out just how distinct each...

Worn Within: What is the origin of West African Ankara prints?

WATCH: Can you claim a textile as your own if it did not originate from your culture? We believe so! Find out how Ankara prints...

Worn Within: What is the story behind Hmong Paj Ntaub?

WATCH: After the Vietnam War, many of the traditions and designs of Hmong Paj Ntaub changed completely. But how and why did it change? Find...