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Handkerchief - Albanian, Silk, Blue, Red & Yellow Spots, circa 1944 Object Reg. No: HT 8445

Silk handkerchief, purchased in Wauchope New South Wales in 1944. Part of a suit worn by Albanian immigrant Pandi Thomas for his wedding to Artemissia Hari, which took place in Bagnoo New South Wales in 1944. Pandi and Artemissia's marriage was arranged through the business contacts of Pandi's brother, who introduced Pandi to Artemissia's father. After Pandi and Artemissia's father had discussed the marriage prospect, the couple met and Artemissia agreed to the marriage, as she was culturally expected to do. They were married in a Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony at Artemissa's family farm house with a priest brought in from Sydney. The couple honeymooned in Kempsey, New South Wales and then returned to Shepparton, where Pandi was living with his brother. They had five children and died within seven weeks of each other in 1995.

Pandi wore the suit for special occasions throughout his lifetime, andIt is unknown whether the handkerchief was part of original wedding outfit or if it was added in later years with subsequent wearing.
Blue, red and yellow spotted silk handkerchief.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Christine Thomas, 2004
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: clothing, world war ii 1939-1945, weddings, wedding costumes, religions greek orthodox, arranged marriages, albanian communities, albanian immigration
Themes this item is part of: Pandi Thomas, Albanian Migrant, 1938, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Weddings
Tertiary Classification: clothing
Place & Date Purchased: Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia, 1944
User: Mr Pandi Thomas, Bagnoo, New South Wales, Australia, 1944
User: Mr Pandi Thomas, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia, 1944-1995

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