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Folk costume is the visible, outward badge of folk-group identity, worn consciously to express that identity. In the peasant cultures of Europe, identity was determined geographically, and the local costumes expressed locality, region, or province. In the United States, where the peasant culture concept does not fit the historical situation, the term folk costume can be used to describe the dress of all traditional regional, ethnic, occupational, and sectarian groups, from the Allegheny frontiersman to the Cajun, and from the cowboy to the Amishman (Yoder 295). -- Don Yoder, "Folk Costume"
This category contains sites which provide information on or images of historic garments (either reproduction or authentic). Sites whose intent is to sell or rent costumes should (and will) be placed in the equivalent Shopping category.
Sites in this category cover "Western Hemisphere" historic costumes, in keeping with the majority of costume publications. Sites focusing on Eastern and traditional costume can be found in the Ethnic and Folk portion of this costume category.
Sites selling undergarments or sleepwear should submit to the appropriate category in Shopping.

Sites whose information primarily focuses on underwear after the 1950s may consider submitting to the applicable category in Arts instead.

Found here are sites whose informational focus covers foundation garments from Ancient World to approximately the 1950s, in western or eastern cultural tradition. Examples include:

- bras and bandeaus
- bust improvers
- corsetry (historic)
- girdles
- hoopskirts or bustles
- pantaloons/bloomers
- sleepwear
- stockings and hosiery
- undershirts or chemises
- underwear (men's or women's)

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