Xhubleta

The xhubleta is an undulating, bell-shaped folk skirt, worn by Albanian women. It usually is hung on the shoulders using two straps. Part of the Albanian traditional clothing it has 13 to 17 strips and 5 pieces of felt. The bossom and the part of the xhubleta covered by the apron are made out of crocheted black wool.[1] The bell shape is accentuated in the back part.[2]

The xhubleta is a unique type of dress for its particular shape, structure, and decorating system.[3] It is worn in Northern Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, but also in Florina, Greece.[3][4] There are two types of xhubleta: one is narrow and the other is large.[3] In regard to colors, only two colors are nowadays used: the white one for the unmarried women and the black one for the married ones,[3] however in the past many colors were used, as witnessed by a 17th-century author, who claimed that the peacock didn't have as many colors as the xhubleta worn by the women of Kelmend.[2] It is thought that the diminishing in colors in the last two centuries is due to the limitation of its use only in remote mountainous areas.[2]

History

Xhubleta has an ancient origin. It represents similarities to wearing of some neolithic figures found in Bosnia, but also in other areas of mediterranean region, they belong to the second millennium BC, and they are linked with old Mediterranean civilisation.[4][5]

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