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Wedding Ensemble - Albanian, Female, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: HT 21981

Alternative Name(s): Wedding Costume

Wedding ensemble from the Struge region in Albania. The outfit consists of five parts: a shirt, harem-style pants, waistcoat, waist scarf and head scarf.

This outfit was part of a young Muslim Albanian woman's trousseau during the early 20th century. It was woven on a large silk weaving loom. She was betrothed to be married but her fiancé died in tragic circumstances and the wedding did not proceed. The young woman never married and the costume remained unworn until it was given by her family to Erik Lloga, a friend of the family, who migrated to Australia from Albania in 1969. The family were keen for him to 'save' the costume and the cultural traditions it represented, at a time when such traditions were under threat of survival in many eastern bloc states.

Viewed as a significant cultural object, it has since been displayed frequently as part of Melbourne's Albanian Women's Association activities as an important example of the traditional artistic skills of Albanian women which have been in decline both here and in Albania.
Handcrafted and embroidered silk female wedding costume, consisting of five parts: a shirt, harem-style pants, waistcoat, waist scarf and head scarf.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Erik Lloga, 2008
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: albanian communities, albanian immigration, cultural maintenance, cultural traditions, glory boxes, weddings, muslim customs, weaving, silk fabrics textiles, albanian
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Weddings
Tertiary Classification: clothing
Place & Date Made: Struge, Albania, circa 1900s
User: Mr Erik Lloga, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 1969

Erik brought the costume to Australia at the family's request.
References: Kurbet. The continuing journey of Albanians in Victoria, Immigration Museum Community Gallery room brochure, 2007-2008

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