Albanian Traditional Costumes
Our collection of Traditional Costumes is composed of 4 types of categories:
- Authentic Old Costumes over 100 years old collected directly from the individuals in many areas of Albania
- Authentic New Costumes (new samples made by the hands of the masters according to the ancient costumes.)
- Fabricated New Costumes ( new products fabricated according the needs of our customers)
- Traditional Costume Parts
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON ALBANIAN TRADITIONAL CLOTHES
There are two different types of Xhubleta.
The first one was worn in the north eastern region of Pukë and is more tight to the body. The number of strips is less and the length of the strips is also shorter than the strips on the second type. Where there are about 5-6 strips, the second type has 14-18 more narrow strips (about 4-6 cm broad), creating a much more undulated skirt. The strips are called “iva”. The last iva on the bottom is usually with a white strip, the other ones are black for married women, but for girls more white strips are used between the black ones. Both types require a lot of skill by the women who made these garments as they are made up of about 25 -30 pieces of felt, brought together into one piece by a lot of woolen braid, strips of cloth(velvet also). Due to the heavy material strong woolen yarn has to be used to sew it together.
The costume with the xhubleta is completed by a shirt (the upper piece of the xhubleta does not cover arms and shoulders), a waistcoat with fringes on the shoulders, a sash (kërdhokla) or waist belt, stockings to cover the ankles and calves, apron and several scarves worn over the apron and head. The waist belt or kërdhokla is a broad one, about 15-20 cm broad and fastened with metal clasps. The decorations, material and colors are continued in every piece of the costume, thus creating a costume which looks as one piece. Finally the beautiful appearance of the costume is completed by a special hair dress.
A xhaqete or xhamadan is a traditional vest, which is worn by Albanian men
A qeleshe (Plis) is a traditional skull cap, which is worn by Albanian men throughout Albania, in Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and in the Arberesh villages in Italy.
The shape of the cap changes with the region: In northern Albania, the cone is shorter whereas in southern Albania it is usually taller, especially in the Gjirokaster and Vlore regions, with the exception of the Myzeqe low plains region, where the cap is shorter like in Northern Albania and has some plies. In some areas of southern Albania a small protrusion comes out of the cap. The cap is made from one single piece of Woolen Felt, usually white, that is molded to the shape of the head. The name qeleshe comes from the Albanian word for wool (Albanian: lesh).
In northern Albania, the shape resembles an egg shell cut in half. In southern Albania, the shape is that of a cone with the top cut. Sometimes the qeleshe is worn along with a bandana tied around the head.
The fustanella is a traditional skirt-like garment worn by men of many nations in the Balkans. Similar to the kilt, the fustanella is part of traditional Albanian, Greek and Macedonian dress. The dress was adopted by the Royal Guard of Albania (1924–1939).
Byzantine Greeks called the fustanella, or pleated kilt, podea. The podea is referenced in 12th century writings attributed to Manuel I Komnenos. During the Ottoman period, the fustanella was worn by the armatoloi and the klephts. The fustanella was originally thought to have been a southern Albanian outfit of the Tosks and introduced into Greece during the Ottoman occupation that began after the 15th century.