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The Fustanella is a traditional skirt-like garment worn by men of many nations in the Balkans, similar to the Kilt. In modern times, the fustanella is part of traditional Albanian and Greek dresses, worn mainly by ceremonial Greek military units and both Albanian and Greek folk dancers. The dress was also worn by the Royal Guard of Albania (1924-1939).
The fustanella was thought to have been originally a southern Albanian outfit of the Tosks and introduced in Greece during the Ottoman occupation that began after the 15th century wore by Albanian orthodox who fought for Greek Independence. Fustanella made its way as a Greek National symbol with the recognition of Albanian soldiers who gain fame as Greece’s National heroes. Among these Greek National Heroes were the Albanians: Marko Bocari and Thodoro Kolokontrini Bythguri. Similar garments exist as part of the folk costume as far north as Romania and as far east as Syria, with nationalists on every side claiming the garment to be an indigenous creation.
Fustanella carving 5th century B.C.
Albanian Rebel in Greece
Greek National Guard Costume
Alexander the Great
Albanians in Greece