Social Life in Albania
Most of the behavioral rules and restrictions in Albania are based on Islam, but
more recent cultural history has altered many of these cultural aspects so today
how the people of Albania behave is a combination of European and Islamic in origin.
As a visitor to Albania just try to follow the lead of the
locals by dressing in alike manner (see below for details), dining in the local
etiquette (see our Albania Dining & Food
Page), and avoid sensitive conversation topics, such as politics, finances,
and business unless initiated by your local counterpart. Also try to avoid being
loud, rude, or showing off wealth.
The traditional clothing in Albania is no longer worn on a regular basis. For men
the most traditional clothing was the fustanella, which is a white skirt,
a shirt with loose-fitting sleeves, and a vest, which can be in a number of different
colors. For women the most traditional piece of clothing was the xhubleta,
which is a long-sleeved, loose-fitting, layered dress that goes just past the knees.
These dresses were traditionally black, but often included decorations in numerous
colors, including reds and white. They also often included a vest, a hair covering,
and an apron or a sash that went around the waist.