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Traditional Albanian clothing

Albanian traditional costumes from northern Tropoja region
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Traditional Albanian clothing (Albanian: veshjet tradicionale shqiptare, veshjet kombëtare, veshjet popullore or kostumet kombëtare) includes more than 200 different kind of clothings in all Albania and Albanian inhabited lands. This is due to the division the Albanian principalities in the Middle Ages. Almost every region in Albania has its own traditional dress with women clothing being particularly colorful and rich in detail. Fabrics are traditionally made by weaving clothes using looms. To this day, some conservative old men and women mainly from the North wear traditional clothing in their daily lives. Instead, older women from the South usually wear all-black outfits.

Contents

  • Parts 1
    • Headgear 1.1
      • Men 1.1.1
      • For Women 1.1.2
    • Pants and upper body covers 1.2
    • Shoes 1.3
    • Xhakete 1.4
    • Brez 1.5
    • Çorape 1.6
    • Opinga 1.7
  • Style in different locations 2
    • South Albania 2.1
      • Vlora 2.1.1
  • Gallery 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7
    • Artisan Skilled Crafts 7.1

Parts

The Albanian Dress consist of the following elements:

Albanian headgear

Headgear

A traditional Albanian costume from the region of Labëria

Men

The following headdresses are in use for men:[1]

  • Qeleshe [cɛˈlɛʃɛ] or Plis': a type of hat worn by men of Northern Albanian, Kosova, and parts of Montenegro and Macedonia inhabited by Albanians.This type of hat is very similar if not identical to the ancient Mediterranean cap called Pileus, not only in shape, but obviously in etymology too (Ancient Greek 'Pilos', Albanian -'Plis').In central Albania (Tirana, Durrës, Kavaja) it is cone-shaped, and in North Albania and Kosovo round.
  • Albanian hat (French: Chapeau albanois)[2] worn typically during the 15th to 18th centuries[3] and immortalized in Onufri's paintings
  • Fez [fɛz]: a Turkish felt hat where upper flat manner un meischt red manner.
  • Qylafë [ˈcylaf]: a woolen high hat worn in southern Albania.
Shqiptar warrior costume, cca 1913.tif

For Women

The following headdress are in use for women:[4]

  • Kapica [kaˈpitsa]: a headdress for women.
  • Langi, other names include: peshqira, riza, marhamë, pashnik
  • Lëvere [ləˈvɛɾɛ]: right shaped headdress.
  • Kryqe [ˈkɾycɛ]: square shaped headdress.

Pants and upper body covers

  • Fustanella [fustaˈnɛɫa]: traditional skirt-like garment worn by men.
  • Tirq [tiɾc]: long pant worn by man.
  • Brekusha [bɾɛˈkuʃa]: for man and women.
  • Xhubleta [dʒuˈblɛta]: Only worn by women.
  • Mbështjellëse- Only worn by women.

Shoes

  • Opingat : Art Sandals

Xhakete

A Xhaqete is a traditional vest, which is worn by Albanian men throughout Albania, in Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and in the Arbëresh villages in Italy.

Brez

Brez are traditional belts, which are worn by Albanian men throughout Albania, in Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and in the Arbëresh villages in Italy.

Çorape

Çorape are traditional trousers which are worn by Albanian men throughout Albania, in Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and in the Arbëresh villages in Italy.

Opinga

Opinga are traditional shoes which are worn by Albanian men throughout Albania, in Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and in the Arbëresh villages in Italy.

Style in different locations

South Albania

South Albania has many branches that come from many cities on the South.

Vlora

In the region of Vlora, the traditional costume for men is like the picture on the right. They use the Qeleshe cap. Then they wear a short black jacket, followed by a white shirt with wide sleeves. They also have a kind of a belt which is red and black like the Albanian Flag. They have black pants with long white socks. For shoes, they wear Opinga which are worn in Albania, Romania and Serbia. The costumes are very colorful.

Gallery

Southern Albanian fustanella 
Sofra Dardane Festival 
Costumes from Dibra 
Central Albanian costumes 
Man and woman from Northern Albania 
Closer look at northern costumes 
Central Albania Jeleku 
Central Albanian women clothing 
Gjirokaster Festival Folk Singers 
Woman sleeveless jacket 
Skilled craft from the artisan women of Kukes

See also

References

  1. ^ Gjergji 2004: S. 191
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ Gjergji 2004: S. 194

Further reading

External links

  • Albanian Costumes at Albanian-Folklore.com
  • Albanian Folk Costumes in Early Postcards
  • Traditional Albanian Costumes Group on Flickr.com
  • Infoarkiv: Etnografia e rrezikuar (Albanian)

Artisan Skilled Crafts

  • Professional Albanian Women Entrepreneurs and Artisans Association
  • Albanian Artisans Association Facebook Page
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