Nowadays, in this inflated, instant world without any borders we pretend to stop for a moment. Everything is in constant change, trends and novelties from yesterday fall into oblivion today, but they suddenly become attractive tomorrow. The fact is that we have a desire to look back into the world of memories. In one hand this looking-back phenomenon appears in apparel, design and art through presence and reuse of different folk patterns and attributes. Probably this way we try to capture the past, stability, slowness and the turning against current accelerated human phase. Folk trends has been regularly recycled in fashion since the 60′s. Actually traditional folk clothing dates back to the bohemians in the 20’s and beyond that to the pre-Raphaelites and Victorian era. Balcan countries have a long, rich history of folk dresses. Such styles were influenced by European fashion as well as by Ottoman dresess. The Balcan folk costumes are full of colors and richness in designs. Turkish influence was very strong in this region, as these countries were once part of the Ottoman Empire. Islamic like embroideries are recognizable on costumes in all the region. There is a tremendous variety of the traditional dresses: heavy woolen fabrics, rich decorations, silk & hemp threads, fringes, geometric motifs, round or square shaped hats, big metal coins, flashy necklaces, floral details, ornamental headpieces, large belts, buckles, white or dyed black and blue fabrics. Such interesting facts about costume symbols: in Macedonia the fringes indicated a woman’s „availability” for marriage and as well in Albania a woman who is divorced must cut the fringes from her clothes to signify her new social status. So probably the fringes were in old time the our days rings. Presently the folk elements in design and fashion are a kind of promotion of folk art and romantic countryside, although a new way of rethink the folklore, because we can see these colourful peasant’s world through the perspective of contemporary minded designers or maybe „outsiders”, and thus we create a more valuable world.
Here we brought you some well-known clothings from these nations:
opanci – footwear of the traditional dress of Serbia
fustanella – a classical skirt-like garment worn by Albanian & Greek men
curdia – richly embroidered vests in Bosnian region
zubun – a long woolen sleevless garment that has no buttons and is opened at the front /South Slav costume/
chimir – the wide leather belts in Romania
paletun – a decorative jacket in Croatia
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