COSTUMES WITH KAVADI, SIGOUNI, SAYA AND ANTERI (Room 16)

The oldest garment, the kavadi, is a long outer garment with long narrow or wide sleeves and a vertical opening at the f...

 

The oldest garment, the kavadi, is a long outer garment with long narrow or wide sleeves and a vertical opening at the front. It is usually worn over breeches and a tunic. It is made of either woven cotton, like in Kalymnos, or striped silk and gilded fabric, as in Kastellorizo and Athens.

The sigouni is a winter, usually sleeveless, cloak, open at the front, woven of thick white or black fabric. Its decoration is created by expert craftsmen with colorful or monochrome embroidery from woolen yarns, thick silks, cordons (gaitania), gold threads, sequins and beads. The sigouni was worn in different variations, always over the tunic, and is found either in short form in the Mesogeia of Attica and in Corinthia or long in the Souli and Pogoni areas of Epirus.

The sayas and anteri are variants of the kavadi. The sayas is made from cotton or cotton-silk fabric, with a vertical opening at the front, and its length falls below the knee. Everal local variations exist, such as in Baltza and Roumlouki.

The anteri is made of silk or cotton fabric and has the same form as the sayas. It is found sometimes as an inner garment, like in Liountza, in other cases as external, like in Konya.

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