‘Amalia’ costume with “satakrouta” skirt

UnknownEarly 20th century

The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation "V. Papantoniou"

The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation "V. Papantoniou"
Nafplion, Greece

The newer costume, with a skirt or full-length dress, is of a Western type and came to Cyprus from liberated Greece as a variant of the ‘Amalia’ Greek national costume, which was also worn by urban women all over the Balkans at the end of the 19th century. This ensemble has a pleated white cotton petticoat, a short chemise of off-white silk and a long gathered skirt made of local “satakrouta” silk with horizontal bands in an unusual combination of contrasting colours. Round the waist is a belt with a filigree buckle. The costume also includes a black felt jacket, the “sarka”, with gold ornamentation. The head is covered by a crimson print kerchief, the “kouroukla me tin pipila”. On feast days the kerchief was replaced by a soft cap (“fessi”) with one short black silk tassel attached radially to the crown and a second tassel hanging down to the shoulder on one side. The fessi was decorated with “pipiles” (needlepoint lace) forming large flowers in relief. Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation Collection


  • Title: ‘Amalia’ costume with “satakrouta” skirt
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Early 20th century
  • Location Created: Cyprus
  • Photographer: Costas Vergas
  • Rights: rr-f
  • Medium: Silk, felt, gold embroidery
  • Bibliographic References: PAPANTONIOU, IOANNA (2000), Greek Clothing: "From Antiquity to the early 20th century", Athens, Commercial Bank of Greece - PAPANTONIOU, IOANNA (2014, ed.), "Patterns of Magnificence. Tradition and Reinvention in Greek Women's Costume", London, The Hellenic Centre

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