The traditional hat is worn by Albanians in several Balkan regions and although it comes in various shapes and styles, it is always white.
It's called plis
(from Greek pilos, also pilleus or pilleum in Latin) by Gheg Albanians and qeleshe
(from Albanian word lesh - wool) by Tosk Albanians.
Middle Albania plis/qeleshe
The Rugova (Kosovo region) highlanders, tie a white cloth around the plis/qeleshe. The piece of cloth, which is buried together with its owner, is supposed to serve as a memento mori while the plis-wearer is alive.
They don’t use anymore this (fez
The fez was used mostly by aristocratic Albanians.
By the way, today, young people buy plis/qeleshe mainly as souvenirs or to wear them in special occassions. Together with other garments of the traditional Albanian garb, the plis/qeleshe is worn by men for special occassions, such as weddings. Yet, with the exception of the elderly, nobody wears plis day to day.