Photo of a married woman wearing the costume of Gidas, Imathia, Macedonia

Early 20th century

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A woman wearing the bridal costume of Gidas, Imathia, Macedonia, in the Panathenaic Stadium, Athens.

Photo: Nelly’s. Late 1930s

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Bridal costume of Alexandria (Yidas), Imathia, Macedonia

Early 20th century

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This bridal costume was worn in about fifty villages in the plain of Yannitsa, an area then called Roumlouki, where Yidás (now Alexandria) is the most important village . The bridal headdress looks like a helmet and is called katsoúli me tis foúndes: the katsoúli is the hard, egg-shaped part of the headdress, held in place on the crown of the head by a lock of hair taken from married women, and it was never taken off even in bed. Wrapped round the katsoúli are the three kerchiefs of the headdress, one black and two white. One of the white kerchiefs hangs down the back of the neck and is called the peristéra (dove). A good bridal katsoúli also has a pair of foúndes (tassels). The hair is cut in a fringe. 

Photo of women, men and kanakares (firstborn girls) of Karpathos, Dodecanese, wearing local costumes.

Early 20th century

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Women’s costume of Elymbos, Karpathos, Dodecanese

Early 20th century

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Woman from Kastelorizo,Dodecanese, hand-painted photo by Emile Lester 

c.1930

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Bridal or festive costume of Kastelorizo, Dodecanese

Late 19th century

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Peter von Hess, Bobolina [Bouboulina] Blockades Nauplia, tinted lithograph, 28x21 cm. From the album “Befreiung Griechenlands in XXXIX Bildern entworfen von Peter Hess”

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Laskarina Bouboulina (1711-1825), a native of Spetses and a legendary figure of the Greek War of Independence, was portrayed in a lithograph by Peter von Hess (1792-1871) dressed in the costume of Spetses during the blockade of Nafplion in the summer of 1821

Women’s costume of Spetses, Argosaronic Islands

Early 20th century

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The costumes of Spetses, Hydra and the Ermionida region generally used to have a pleated green dress with a crimson velvet hem and a zipoúni of brocade imported from Western Europe or the East. Later, the dress of the Spetses costume was replaced by one made in the fashion of the day, while still retaining the everyday or festive headscarf (piétes), which might or might not be embroidered, or the tsembéri, which was carefully arranged on the head and held in place with special brooches: the márka, kofináki, heráki and others. Eventually the zipoúni – which was much the same as the zipoúni used in the ‘Amalia’ costume – was abandoned.

A woman of Psara (North-East Aegean Islands) wearing the local costume. Photo by  Filippos Margaritis

Late 19th century

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Engraving by E.Ronjat depicting a woman from Psara. From the magazine “Le Tour du Monde”, Paris 1876

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Women’s costume of Psara, North-East Aegean Islands

Early 20th century

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The women’s costume of Psara belongs to a type that appears to have been worn in varying forms on other Aegean islands as well. It is renowned for its pure silk tsiboukotó chemise. The dark sleeveless dress has a richly-pleated skirt with the characteristic horizontal pleat about 20 centimetres above the hem, which has a decorative strip of brocade. This horizontal pleat is found in nearly all island-type dresses. The headdress with its pure silk bólia is also very typical of island costumes. The Psara bólia combines well with the hairstyle, which anchors it to the forehead.

Pattern of a chemise of the costume of Astypalaia, Dodecanese

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The dress of the skléta costume from Astypalaia, Dodecanese

Early 20th century

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The dress is made of green satin and has shoulder-straps and a pleated skirt with a broad horizontal pleat. The lining is of off-white material. 

Chrysomándilo costume from Astypalaia, Dodecanese

Circa 1870

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This bridal and festive costume of Astypalaia, the chrysomándilo, belonged to the Palatianos family and, according to Irini (Rinaki) Palatianou, it had been passed down through four generations starting with her great-grandmother, who was born in about 1850. The chrysomándilo takes its name from the gold-embroidered, pearl-encrusted frontlet of its headdress.