The Three Bosnians
This postcard was sent in 1917, the last full year of Austro-Hungarian rule in Bosnia-Hercegovina.
The woman in maroon is wearing Catholic (Croat) formal dress. She is wearing dimije or baggy trousers. In the second half of the nineteenth century dimije were fashionable for women of all religious groups in Bosnia. The only distinguishing feature prescribed by the Ottoman government for the different religious groups was the colour of their dress. Namely, Muslim women were to wear vibrant colours whilst Christians and Jews were to wear dark colours, purple, maroon and other shades of dark red and black.
The woman on the left is wearing Orthodox Christian (Serb) dress in the provincial style. It is hard to discern exactly what the woman in the centre is although she may be wearing formal Christian Orthodox dress.
For this caption many thanks to Amra Madzarevic and the Sarajevo Museum.