Men’s traditional dress was similar all over Thrace. Thracian men wore potouria, wide trousers narrowing at the ankles. Women’s dress differed, however, each costume expressing the character of the social group from which it originated.
Women’s costumes in Evros prefecture:
- Makra Yefira
- Ormenio and Ftelia
- Nea Vyssa
- Gagavuz (child’s)
- Black Sea
The distinctive sartorial and decorative features of each costume expressed the group’s particular aesthetic sense, and constituted a code of information about the wearers’ economic and professional distinctions, ages, and specific roles in the family and the local society.
In rural society in particular, the women religiously reproduced traditional forms, shapes, and patterns of embroidery, symbols invested with magical power that it was believed would be transferred to the wearer. A mystic and magical relationship between garment and wearer, which gradually disappeared as rationalism demolished her faith in it.