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Povratak ishodistu
Kosovo and Metohija

Folk costumes of Serbs in Kosovsko Pomoravlje

 (surroundings of Gnjilan), 

end of the 19th and first half of the 20th century



(Gnjilane and its surroundings)


It is a well-known fact that the Moravians are generally our most positive and tough type. Our ancient traditions, something well established and non-snobbish, the fundamental things our peasants definitely have, pulsate from their past. Something Serbian and imperial, as I like to put it when I am unable to shape into words the truth of this order. As for the Upper Moravians, all this should be even further emphasized.


The Upper Moravian is a hardened Serb and Orthodox believer of old, one would even think since time out of mind. He is strongly attached to his native soil, to the tales about it as few people are... 


But there is no other Serb that seizes this soil in his teeth with more intensity. Longsuffering is his enormous strength.


Grigorije Božović,

Gnjilani i Gornja Morava [Gnjilane and the Upper Morava],

Južni pregled, XIII, 1939, No. 1, pp. 14-17.

The Church of St. Nicholas, built in 1861, in Gnjilane.