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Shirt - Wedding Ensemble, Albanian, Female, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: HT 21981 1

Silk shirt, which is part of a wedding ensemble from the Struge region in Albania. 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.
Cream silk shirt with striped design over bodice and sleeves. Cream lace collar and lapels with orange, pink and green flower motif. Matching lace decorative edging at cuffs of extra wide sleeves.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Erik Lloga, 2008
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 600 mm (Width), 1550 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: albanian communities, albanian immigration, cultural maintenance, cultural traditions, glory boxes, weddings, muslim customs, weaving, silk fabrics textiles
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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