Traditional shoes of southern Albania from the beginning of the 20th century are exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – one of the five largest museums in the world.
The shoes are part of a gift collection of traditional Albanian clothing from Murta May Tailor in memory of her husband Elliott Taylor. Burta and Elliott from California moved to Albania in 1930. Both helped found the American Institute Boys and Girls School in Kavaje – supported by the New York Near East Foundation (1929-1935). The aim was to train young people to run villages and rural areas through education in health, agriculture and housework.
Things changed when the communist government came to power. But the impressive story speaks volumes about the friendly relations between the USA and Albania and the life of the American community in Albania in the first years of the 20th century.