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Macedonian Costume #2 …… Guest Blogger – Penny Peters

July 21, 2012

This is the second in a series of blogs about Macedonian Village costume. In fall 2011, I had the opportunity to see traditional Macedonian village costumes at a small private costume collection in the village of Podmocani near Lake Prespa . They had been collected over a 30 year period by a costume enthusiast and were displayed beautifully.  These costumes are excellent representatives of the rich village culture that existed in early 20th Century. Wedding costumes are the most elaborate, and  I believe most of those I photographed were wedding or celebration costumes.  They were certainly not worn everyday…only for celebrations after they were worn initially as wedding costumes.Each little village had its own conventions for decorating the costumes with embroidery and metalwork, and the variety of motifs and types of decoration was quite amazing. . The single costume shown here is from the village of  Galicnik, Causica, Macedonia.Shown is a photo of the entire costume from the front;  a detail of the upper body with details of the vest areas; a detail of the lower body, with details of the sleeves, apron and dress (whitework and elaborate insertion stitches).  The variety of stitching is quite amazing and inspiring!  This is a remarkable personal collection of traditional folk cotumes, and I was fortunate to be able to visit, see and photograph the collection.  This collection has been gathered and displayed as a result of one man’s love for the rich costumes that are no longer being made.  It is incredible that he has opened his collection to the public., and that they are not displayed behind glass.   He continues his personal quest for sponsorship to care for the wonderful collection.

Owner of Ethnographic Museum Jone Eftimovski published a book about his collection. It is titled Macedonian Folk Costumes ISBN 9989 – 785 – 50 –

a link to a Macedonian Museum but not that of Jone      3

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy Piepenbring permalink
    July 23, 2012 1:50 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this amazing costume. I wonder how many people participated in creating it, and how many years it took! Maybe I should buy his book to find out. Nancy

  2. Penny Peters permalink
    July 23, 2012 6:37 pm

    Hello Nancy, After reading your comment, I surfed the web and found a blog about traditional Macedonian costume. One of the pictures shows women sitting together embroidering. Here is the link: Penny

  3. July 23, 2012 9:58 pm

    Thanks Penny – the amount of work in the embroidery is staggering!

  4. Lexa permalink
    July 24, 2012 5:19 am

    You are fortunate to have had this opportunity Penny and we are grateful that you share the photos. The work is amazing.

  5. B.W. Ziobro permalink
    December 4, 2012 4:41 pm

    Hi Penny, Nice pix. Thanks for posting them. This costume is Miyak,but not from Galichnik, It is from the village of Smilevo,Zheleznik district,northwest of the city of Bitola. The Miyaks are originally from the Reka area around Debar in western Macedonia.In the 18th century groups of them migrated east and southeast and founded settlements in several different areas of southwestern Macedonia, Ekhloets near Kichevo, Smilevo near Bitola, Krushevo near Prilep, Papradishte & Oreshe near Titov Veles. The embroidery style on the chemises is very similar in all the villages. The Museum Of International Folk Art in Santa Fe currently has a display of Macedonian embroidered dress and a book available. Jone Evtimovski was a contributor to the display.

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