Man's festive costume

From the Mariovo district, near Bitola, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Early 20th century AD

Men's traditional costumes in former Yugoslavia were often far simpler than those of women, though they still marked out the wearer's village of origin or ethnic group. They consisted of a linen or cotton shirt, thick baggy wool trousers, a wool or cotton sash, and wool jacket. In some areas, men wore a long white linen knee-length chemise over white linen trousers, with a tightly-wrapped cummerbund over the chemise. This gave the impression of a skirt. However, in the mountainous Mariovo region, a pleated apron-skirt was worn over the chemise and trousers, as shown here. Men's heads were usually covered, either with a fur or leather hat. A pistol or dagger, tucked into the belt, was part of ceremonial dress. The coin chain has one end hooked to the shoulder and the other to the waist.

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E.I. Dunin, Dance occasions and festive dr (Los Angeles, University of California Museum of Cultural History, Monograph Series no. 23, 1984)


Museum number

AOA 1993.Eu7.1-10


Collected by Dr Diane Waller
Purchased with the assistance of The British Museum Friends (Eastern European Purchase Fund)


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