Today I will do an article on the costume of Skopska Crna Gora. This is an upland area just outside of the city of Skopje, Macedonia, and is not to be confused with the nation of Montenegro. [Crna Gora means Black Mountain, and obviously there is more than one black mountain.] This is found just to the north of the region of Skopska Blatija, about which I have already written a couple of articles. Above you can see on the left a married couple, and on the right a single couple.
Here are a couple of maps to help you orient yourselves.
The most striking difference between this costume and that of Skopska Blatija is the embroidery on the chemise. This is done in mostly black wool, and the result is a three dimensional design based mostly on texture. This requires bright light to appreciate, and is difficult to photograph. Here are a couple of married women's chemises, which have the more extensive embroidery. As you can seem the embroidery mostly follows the seams.
This type of textured embroidery is also found in parts of Romania, Moldova and Ukraine, as well as elsewhere.
Here are some close-up views of the embroidery.
This type of embroidery is greatly admired in the larger region. Brides of the neighboring Skopska Blatija region would often wear a 'crnogorka', that is, a chemise with embroidery in the style of Skopska Crna Gora for their wedding, rather than one embroidered in their own style, although the rest of the outfit remained the same. The arrangement of the embroidery is not quite the same though,.
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Angelina Krsteva, 'Narodna Nosija od Skopska Blatija', Skopje, 1998
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Angelina Krsteva, 'Macedonian Folk Embroidery', Skopje, 1975
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Bobbie Sumberg editor, 'Young Brides, Old Treasures', Seattle, 2012
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