Coat

Balkan men and women wore elaborately tailored coats for important court ceremonies. The floating sleeves and wide front-opening skirt allow the wearer free movement for riding or dancing, both essential elements of court festivities. Notice the fine gold-thread couching on deep red velvet, and how the sleeves float on the arms instead of encircling them.


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What features on this garment are indicative of its Albanian origin?

responded: Mar 31, 2010

Posted by Irene Yancheva

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Throughout history, the Albanian people have adopted and adapted fashions from Asia and the Ottoman Empire. Many of the features that they have adopted are typical of traditional Muslim fashions. These features continued to influence Albanian design for many centuries, especially in the last six centuries when we see them used along with velvet, silk, satin, metal thread, beads, and brocading.

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