Culture of Albania

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Wedding traditions[edit]

Dress of Muslim Shkodran brides and Catholic Shkodran Brides[edit]

The dress of the Muslim Shkodran bride is characterized by its elegance and transparency with motifs throughout. The dress of the Catholic is characterized by its picturesque effects and harmony full with colors but a few motifs on the front and back. The dress is tripped from the transparent white, shiny, soft, which spreads all over the body, and is intended to suggest tranquility and a warm purity. This concept of tradition is achieved through the white of the base material and the gold thread over. This dress is composed by the "barnaveke": some kind of very long pants which seem a skirt. In the upper part is worn a shirt and over it a "jelek" (waistcoat). Both of these dresses have a belt that is worked with gold and grain necklaces in red, rose, orange in small motifs creating an all together warm surface.

The gallery has costumes rich with colors that provide a robust experience of the traditions and artistic capabilities of the people from generations to generations.


Ritual songs name various elements which contain "paja" (pronounced paya) of the girl, which are the goods parents give to the daughter to wear, to furnish the house, gifts for her husband and the intimate cousins. Elements are typically made by weaving clothes using looms. The preparation of the "paja" for the parents of the bride is a pleasure which means also accomplishing the obligations toward the daughter. This is also an expression of the love of parents, but is connected with the financial situation of the family.


"Dhunti" in Shkodra means the gifts that the groom prepares for the bride during the engagement, mainly clothes, jewelry, gold ornaments and tricks, which are sent to her a few days before the wedding.

In addition to those received by the family of his father, the bride takes many gifts from the groom and his family. "Dhuntia", which had a considerable monetary value, was prepared with great care by the family of the boy, because in some way embodied respect and love for his young bride, to whom these gifts were made, love for their son that he married at the same time was also a representation of the family in its economic and aesthetic. In "dhunti" there were enough clothes and items for use at all times, in joy and in sorrow, which expressed particular attention to the role of women.

Kole Idromeno and "Dasma Shkodrane"[edit]

In 1924, Kole Idromeno drew the picture Dasma Shkodrane ("Shkodra wedding"), which immediately became known to the general public and was an accurate description of the original customs of the country. The environment is characteristic of Shkodra, the houses enclosed by high walls, windows, trees, chimneys, and minarets.


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