Our Greek bohemian style
But it is true, Greek embroidery, was one of the most renowned handicrafts of Byzantium, to flourish between the middle of the 17th and the end of the 19th century.
Embroideries were used to decorate the home, adorn traditional costumes, ecclesiastical garments, and cloths. They could be identified according to their place of origin – Asia Minor, Constantinople, Cyprus, Thrace, mainland Greece, the Aegean or Ionian islands.
Although styles and designs were transmitted either through commerce or marriage, particularly in the islands, strong regional patterns and techniques were preserved.
Depending on the materials used, Greek embroideries could be classified as colored, worked in dyed threads, white, using white silk or cotton threads, lace, worked in cotton with needles, crochet or bobbins, and gold-embroidered, produced with the use of metal threads, gold and silver wire, and gilded wire.
In my origin place Thessalia, land of cotton, my grandmother as all women of that time used to prepare the dowry for their daughters. So I’ve got everything from her and my bohemian house is decorated with her beautiful blankets, table clothes, rugs.
The decorative motifs of the Greek embroidery were arranged horizontally, vertically, diagonally or in a circle with patterns repeating or alternating.
For example, bouquets or vases of flowers might alternate with cypress trees throughout an entire piece. Certain motifs were more popular such as the “tree of life” – a motif in Christian art referring to the Cross, signifying resurrection and eternal life, and also, fruitfulness and nature’s bounty.
Other common motifs were crosses, birds, flowers, double-headed eagles, churches, rosettes, anthemia – honeysuckle or palm leaves in radiating clusters, and geometric patterns.
I like the things around beautiful and dreamy, offering a feeling of worldliness.
Photographs: Personal homey collection – Grandma this is your hands in the network
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