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Qeleshe

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The qeleshe or plis, is a white brimless felt cap traditionally worn by the northern Albanian highlanders, in Malësia. It spread throughout Albanian-inhabited territories in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century, and is today part of the traditional costume of Kosovo Albanians.

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  • Etymology 1
  • Overview 2
  • Gallery 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Etymology

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.[1][2]

The name qeleshe comes from the Albanian word for wool (lesh).,[3] while the name plis comes from the Proto-Albanian word *p(i)litja related to Old High German filiz id., Latin pellis id., and Greek πῖλος pilos id.,[4] also known as pileus.

Overview

The cap is part of the traditional costume of the northern Albanian highlands.[5][6] It spread to other Albanian-inhabited territories in the 19th century.

In the northern Albanian highlands, the shape is hemispherical, while in Kukës, it is truncated.[7] In southern Albania, the cap is taller than in northern Albania, especially in the Gjirokastër and Vlorë regions, with the exception of the Myzeqe low plains region. In some areas of southern Albania the cap has a small protrusion. The cap is made from one single piece of woolen felt, usually white, that is molded to the shape of the head.[7]

Albanian souvenirs are best found in Krujë, where the bazaar includes traditional felt-makers, who also produce the felt caps.[8]´ The cap is used by men during the traditional weddings of the Tirana region.[9]

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