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Popular Costumes of Smilevo Village
Unostentatious Dwelling-House on the Kossovo Plain

POPULAR COSTUMES OF SMILEVO VILLAGE

UNOSTENTATIOUS DWELLING-HOUSE ON THE KOSSOVO PLAIN

Heavy coloured fringes are a striking feature of this Macedonian costume, which leaves little to be desired so far as ornamentation is concerned, for there is scarcely a square inch of material that has not been carefully worked with the needle Such primitive homes are not infrequently to be seen in Old Serbia, where ancient customs and beliefs still sway the peasantry. The long years of oppression under Ottoman rule taught the Serbs to conceal whatever wealth they happened to possess; this habit became a second nature, and in many instances the unpretentious mud hut is the only dwelling the Serb is accustomed to or desires