Faculty Advisor

Dodson, Leslie Lynn

Faculty Advisor

Hersh, Robert


The goal of our project was to understand and document the changing experience of women in northern Albania over the past century, using a traditional costume, the xhubleta, as a lens to see into their lives. Women no longer wear the xhubleta in everyday life, but it is still an important cultural artifact worn on special events and passed down matrilineally. We interviewed elderly women in rural areas with personal ties to the xhubleta to give voice to their stories. We found contradictions surrounding the various cultural meanings assigned to the dress, with women’s subjugation under patriarchal customs co-existing with women’s pride in wearing it.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project