Aesthetics of Folk Dresses of Southwestern Coastal Area

Blegina Hasko Bezo


Albanians‟ traditional dresses are a clear reflection of their cultural foundations and further development. They embody the features of the country‟s relief, climate, and lands. While having suffered too many devastating wars, these areas have been able until the 20th century to provide a clear picture of Epiriotes, thus witnessing the great importance they entail. The traditional motifs – mainly geometric patterns – are overriding elements that call for immediate attention for their variety of colors and refined embroidery and design. Various areas of the southern coast feature similar clothing, but the Himara and Vlora dresses are somewhat different. This difference is more obvious when compared with other areas, which, unlike the southern territories, were unable to preserve their culture with such accurate balance. The main elements of this simple but refined clothing include the fustanella (kilt), doublet, pants, long bloomers, leather moccasins, etc.


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