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  • A detail photograph of a pair of woolen bride's chorapi or socks.
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Detail of Bridal Chorapi
Mariovo village, Macedonia, early 20th century
Collection of James and Dena Nicoloff


Close Knit

Knitting was a prized skill in Macedonia and was a way of providing warmth and tokens of affection to loved ones. In some villages, a girl engaged to be married would knit beautiful socks for all of the members in her fiancé’s family. The finished socks would be delivered to the groom’s house in a decorated sieve, a symbol of fertility. They would be displayed on the wall so that all could admire the intricate patterns of the finely worked gifts.