Romani Studies

Wearing Gypsy identity in a Gábor Gypsy community in Tîrgu Mureş

Romani Studies (2009), 19, (1), 1–17.

Abstract

The article is based on research conducted in Tîrgu Mureş, Romania, among a Vlax Gypsy group, the Gábors. I was struck by the Gábors' characteristic dress codes and the significance they attach to them. As one elderly man emphasised: "We haven't changed our dress, not at all [. . .] for the Gábors, this is ancient and has existed since there are Gábors . . ." This initial impression inspired me to write the present article, in which I begin with a brief outline of the method used, after which I move to the ideological framework around which my argument is built. Following this section, I describe the apparent facts, including Gábor Gypsy dress codes and public behaviour and then make an attempt to draw consequences as to the relationship between Gábor identity and ethnic dress, how Gábor self-consciousness and its variations of content and meaning are related to dress, what symbolic role clothing plays and what this medium communicates.

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Tesfay, Saba