In chapter (7-75,) Herodotus mentions that Thracians used to wear fox skin during winter and to this day we find that Thracians are recognized by this cap in ancient illustrations. They used to wear a tunic with a colorful cloak on top (zeiras) and wear sandals made of deer skin on their feet. It was difficult to distinguish between their hemp and linen clothes in the summer. Combined elements of ancient Greek and Byzantine origin compose the sartorial patterns of Thrace and were introduced to us in late 19 th century. Ever since the beginning of Ottoman Empire, the sartorial map of Thrace has been composed of various ethnic and cultural origin groups, who lived there such as Armenians, Jews, Ottomans, Greeks, Pomaks and Roma.
The economic affluence and the new social conditions in urban centers, contributed to the rapid urbanization of garments. European attire donned by upper class had a big impact on the way regional country folk would dress. The rural population that lived in a closed stock-farming economy, used to always construct the same type of clothes. Each group’s aesthetics were expressed through shapes, colors and accessories that constituted an information code regarding their economic and professional activities, their age and their role in society as well as the current
During the Lozanne treaty in 1923, with the refugee settlement from Asia Minor to N.E. Thrace, the sartorial map of Thrace changed dramatically.
With the drastic social changes in the area in 1960 such as immigration, and television, people’s relationship with clothes altered and traditional attire was abandoned.