In Albanian: (def. sin. qeleshja or plisi, indef. pl. qeleshe or plisa, def. pl. qeleshet or plisat.
The cloth is thought to originate from a similar cap worn by the Illyrians, the ancestor of the Albanian people.
The name qeleshe comes from the Albanian word for wool (lesh).while the name plis comes from the Proto-Albanian word *p(i)litja related to Old High German filizid., Latin pellis id., and Greek πῖλος pilos id., also known as pileus.