Photographer's Note

Albanian Tailoring has its own interesting history. Before the comunist rule most clothes were made at home by women. Then the communist regime in its attempt to make everybody look as uniform as soldiers introduced ready made clothes only the fervent communists would wear. In the 70s and 80s some clever people practiced tailoring at their homes. Almost all socially acceptable clothes were made by these people. Even though this practice was clearly agains the communist ethos I do not know of any case where anyone was procecuted.

This older tailor was one of them. Now he has his own shop doing bits and pieces but the most desirable clothing nowadays are the "firmato" (branded) ones with the Italian styles easily dominating the market.

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Additional Photos by Aleks Gjika (agjika) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 516] (3177)
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