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Waistcoat - Wedding Ensemble, Albanian, Female, circa 1900 Reg. No: HT 21981 3
- Waist coat 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.
- Waistcoat of stiffened embroidered orange thread. Patches of purple velvet detailing at front and back. Small button at lower front corner. Lined in cream cotton material.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mr Erik Lloga, 2008
|Dimensions:||280 mm (Width), 340 mm (Length)|
|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|
|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|