Costumes

KYMI EUBOEA A long black pleated pinafore with a cotton blouse underneath that is made out of silk for special occasion. The waistcoat has broad sleeves and is velvet with gold braid. A yellow cotton scarf is worn on the head which is trimmed.


 


THRAKI Women wear a sleeveless single panelled dress. A distinctive feature is the elaborate belt with a large buckle. On the back of the costume are colourful ribbons called “sirikia”. The number of ribbons indicates the amount of proxies bestowed on the girl showing her desirability. The head is adorned with a scarf and flowers are added. Men wear dark wide woollen pants called “poutouri”. A white shirt “poukamiso” and a waistcoat “yeleki” that differs from village to village. A black sash is tied at the waist.


 


THESSALIA Found in the plains of Thessaly and in the villages of Karagouni. They are a simple people living in cane huts working on the land. Their costumes became more elaborate in 1911 after obtaining their own land. A white pinafore underneath layered by a waistcoat with sleeves to the elbow leaving the breast open. Two aprons are worn, the top one made out of felt. A scarf on the head with gold coins decorating it.


 


MACEDONIA The girls’ costumes were adapted to western bourgeois style of dress. A woven silk or cotton shirt trimmed with crochet edging. A dress is worn over the shirt and a vest trimmed with gold braid “xrisokentito”. On the waist is a velvet belt and buckle “porpi” and a red fez on the head. The Boys wear a long pant called “salvari” a shirt with a sash “zonari”. A vest “geleko” is embroidered in black sil


 

THESSALIA This is the common everyday costume worn by males throughout Greece. The trousers can be either black or white. The shirt is white with a wide sleeve. A black sleeveless vest “yeleki” and a black head scarf are worn on the head. A sash is tied around the waist and the feet are shod with “Tsarouhia”.


 


MAKEDONIA ROUMLOKI The girls wear a white dress layered with a black dress on top called the “sayia”. This is folded back revealing embroidery. A broad sash “zonary” decorated by silver sequins “poulies” which is reminiscent of ancient armour. A black apron and jacket are added. The costume has a distinctive head dress which resembles the ancient helmet. Legend has it that when Alexander the Great came to the region he took the helmets off his soldiers and gave them to the women because of their bravery.


 

THRAKI The girls wear a white cotton dress “foustani” which is overlayed by a black sleeveless dress. This pinafore features two openings in front which facilitates breast feeding. Jewellery, made from coins adorns the front. The head dress consists of a scarf “mandili” that is decorated by flowers. The boys’ pants called the “poutouria” are dark in colour. A white shirt “poukamiso” is worn on top and a waistcoat “yeleko” that differs from region to region.


 


SARAKATSANES  The Sarakastani were a nomadic people living in huts and rearing goats and sheep. Their clothing was hand made. The girls’ blouse “sokaiya” was made of cotton with stitching and lace. A sleeveless vest is used and a skirt with pleats decorated with silver braid and trimming. The apron is trimmed with lace and cross stich. The jewellery worn on their breast is called “stavrota”. The hair is covered with a head scarf and hand woven leg warmers called “kalstounia” on the feet. The males wore the “foustanella” which was common in many areas of Greece and is used as the Evzon uniform. A vest adorned with silver “stavrota” jewellery, a black head scarf and the “tsharouhia” are worn on the feet.


 

KALYMNOS The female costume is called the “Kavadi” and consists of a white shirt and layered by an elegant colourful silk overdress. The dress is tied up with a belt of all colours. It is considered one of the most elegant costumes as it shows off the female figure. The embroidery is fine and portrays flowers and eagle. The “tsemberi” a head scarf, is worn on the head and is decorated with drawings.


 

FLORINA The region of Florina is in a plateau surrounded by trees and mountains. The women made their own cotton and woollen austere simple dresses. These were white in colour with embroidery. Over the top is a sleeveless black “sigouni” worn with modestly sewn embroidery. A silver buckle “porpi” on the waist and jewellery adorns the bodice. The headscarf is long and drapes at the back to the waist with coins and fringes forming a tassel.


 

RHODOS This costume comes from Embona in Rhodes. The girls wear a white woven chemise known as “mamola” with embroidery on the edges. On top is a sleeveless black dress. Simple ribbons adorn the neckline and bottom of the dress. A bold red sash on the waistline and the head is adorned with a handkerchief of many colours and trimmings. The boys wear the baggy short pants with a white shirt on top layered by a dark coloured vest,


 

KERKYRA The girls wear a white chemise of gathered calico. The shirt “velesi” is made out of a luxury fabric. The outer jacket “kontogouni” is velvet and is covered with fine gold embroidery. The apron is made out of a silk or tulle material and is beautifully ornamented. The male costume consisted of a calico shirt, a pair of baggy short pants which is fashioned of fine black fabric. A sash adorns the waist that is made of silk or wool. The vest “boulero” features embroidery and on the head a straw hat.


 

PELOPONISOS The female costume has a long sleeved undershirt of calico with wide sleeves and lace at the edges. On top the “segouni”, a long sleeveless embroidered waistcoat. A sash drapes low at the waist called the “fouka”. The apron is felt and is tied with gold tassels. Jewellery of gold chains adorns the breast. The male costume is the traditional “foustanella’, a white pleated skirt worn with a white shirt. The vest is dark in colour and the head is covered by a dark handkerchief. The “tsarouhia” are worn on the feet with white stockings adorned by black tassels.


 

MICRA ASIA The women wear a white undergarment dress with long sleeves. A pleated black dress is overlayed with a velvet jacket that is embroidered in gold. The belt is made of silver and had a gold buckle “porpi”. Chained jewellery is hung in front of the breast with a brooch in the centre. A scarf adorns the head. The males wore the baggy pantaloon pants in a dark colour with a white shirt on top. A vest in dark colour is added with embroidery and a sash on the waist.