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  • A detail photograph of a pair of woolen groom's chorapi or socks.
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Detail of Groom's Chorapi
Rashtak, Skopje region, Macedonia, c. 1930
Collection of James and Dena Nicoloff

Macedonia

New Socks, New Life

On the day of his wedding, a groom would dress in his best outfit. His costume might have been made by his mother, but on his feet he would wear the socks carefully knitted for him by his bride. Wearing this first gift of clothing on his wedding day indicated the groom's transition from the care of his mother to the care of his new wife. A pair of traditional opintsi, one-piece leather shoes originating hundreds of years ago, would have complemented the decorative socks.