Throughout their history, Slavic men’s costumes invariably have included some sort of vest or sleeveless upper garment. It is known among Eastern, Western and Southern Slavs, and the Serbs (belonging to the Southern Slavic branch) are certainly no exception. The vest, or jelek, has changed over the centuries, influenced by the cultures that shaped our history.
Five hundred years of Turkish presence in the Balkans left many indelible marks, tangible and spiritual, on our people. In material culture, there have been many garments that were influenced by, or borrowed from, Ottoman Turkish culture. Continue reading
Serbian folk costume abounds with many types of embroidery and ornamentation, some with ancient Slavic roots, others influenced by Central Europe, and very many of Levantine or Ottoman origin. In fact much of the terminology for costume parts is a Serbianized Turkish word, or Turkism (turcizam). These include some garments that have changed little in form from the original, such as mintan, dolama, džube, misiraba; others, adapted to slavic sensibilities of design, ornamentation and structure, as happened with jelek, anterija, silav, marama, čarape.
These garments were made by skilled craftsmen, called terzije Continue reading