Folklore Traditional Albanian clothing

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For many centuries, the Albanians' clothing allowed strangers to learn all kinds of things about them at a single glance; region of origin, marital status, the family's wealth and standing, age, and more.

Clothes were made by specialised craftsmen and women with cotton, wool and imported silk, and decorated with colours, embroidered symbols, themes like the Albanian eagle, natural scenes and patterns, incorporating gold and silver thread and small river pearls. Styles and fashions changed over the years as new materials and trends emerged, but the distinct regional variety remained.


 
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[h=1]Lord Byron in Albanian dress[/h]
 
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