RINA GURGULE - KUZEY NEWS AGENCY
A careful look at traditional Albanian fashion portrays the Ottoman spirit which is an integral part of the culture in Albania. The designs are an outcome of a long and tiring process and each style carries its own meaning.
Albanians are known for their strict loyalty to their traditions. Thus, traditional dresses are still in use especially in marriage ceremonies. Traditional dresses are considered to be a significant part of cultural heritage, but there is no homogeneous dressing culture in the country.
Northern, southern and central Albania all have different ways of dressing. Notebly, traditional Albanian dresses are decorated with national and religious symbols. Particularly in central and northern Albania, Ottoman designs dominate traditional styles in Ishokdra, Berat, Tiran, Elbasan and Kruya.
Unique from other parts of the country, southern Albanian cities display more of a Greek influence. Albanian women often wear a long dress with a wool belt and matching cloak. Men wear a long shirt, large trousers and a cloak. Red belts are a complementary.
A tailor who produces traditional dresses, Adber Shahini, underlined the long process needed labor to produce these dresses. "It is grueling to produce these traditional dresses. Girls preparing for marriage prefer them. To produce one dress takes at least two months. You can see Islamic designs in Ishkodra. Women's clothing is more complicated and differ according to marital status, whereas men's clothing is relatively simple," he said.
Last Mod: 07 Mart 2014, 10:02