<p>Around the world, clothing and adornments distinguish people and cultures. Often an observer’s first hint about the people wearing them, clothes can reflect tradition, spirituality, and utility—or simply fashion’s ephemeral nature and widespread influence.</p> <p>Here, a Sudanese woman wears a traditional <i>tobe</i>, which wraps around the body.</p>

Tobe, Sudan

Around the world, clothing and adornments distinguish people and cultures. Often an observer’s first hint about the people wearing them, clothes can reflect tradition, spirituality, and utility—or simply fashion’s ephemeral nature and widespread influence.

Here, a Sudanese woman wears a traditional tobe, which wraps around the body.

Photograph by J. Carrier

Global Fashion

See photos of global fashion (including saris, folk dresses, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

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