Bridal “sayas” costume

UnknownLate 19th century

The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation "V. Papantoniou"

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

The dress has red cloth with embroidered designs on the chest and on the turn-ups of the sleeves. The lining is of white material.

The “sayas” characteristic of most of the costumes of the Macedonian lowlands is nearly always made of a cotton fabric in balanced plain weave or in twill. It may be left white or dyed dark green, blue or black, and it often has a glossy finish (by being heavily starched and then ironed) by a professional dyer. It is embroidered on the inside of the front flaps of the skirt (“podies” or “skoutes”) and the turn-ups of the sleeves, so that the embroidery will be visible when it is turned back, except in the costume of Pylaia (Kapoudzida), where it is never turned back. A specialist tailor and embroiderer, the “terzis”, cuts, sews and embroiders the sayas. Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation Collection

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  • Title: Bridal “sayas” costume
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Late 19th century
  • Location Created: Asvestohori, Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greecce
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 1.14 m.
  • Provenance: Donated by Ioanna Papantoniou
  • Rights: rr-f
  • Medium: Cotton and 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