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The bridal costume of Kastelorizo is also worn as the everyday form of dress. The “kondovratsi” is a silk “vraka” (braies) gathered at the waist by the “vrakozoni” and tied round the leg below the knee. There it is decorated with a piece of gold brocade, the “kaltsa tou vrakiou”. The chemise (locally called the “pekamiso”) is of white cotton and silk fabric and reaches only to the knees. The neck opening is done up with six round gold clasps, the “voukles”. Over the chemise is the “kavadi” or “chrysos sakos”, a luxury dress open at the front below the neck. The kavadi is called by various names according to the material it is made of: “louloudato”, “stroudato”, “fidato” and so on. A sash (“zosma” or “tarapoulouz”) is wound several times round the waist: it is made up of three strips of material joined together lengthwise and comes from Tripoli in Lebanon. The last garment to be put on is the “gouna”, a sort of outer garment made of gold-embroidered velvet and trimmed with fur all round. A small, round, soft red cap, the “raxini”, is worn on the head, with the “tsaki” or “kaski” round it like a crown: this is a band of stiff material swathed by a multicoloured silk kerchief, which often came from Tchilani (Kilani) in Cyprus. Pinned on to the kaski is a brooch with one, two or three imitation gold coins, which anchors the “krepi”, a large silk shawl of Chinese (“keneziko”) or Spanish (“spanioliko”) origin. The women of Kastelorizo wore a lot of jewellery, mainly rings on all their fingers, and used to walk with their arms crossed on their chests to display it. Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation Collection

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  • Title: Bridal or festive costume of Kastelorizo
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Late 19th century
  • Location Created: Kastelorizo, Dodecanese, Greece
  • Photographer: Costas Vergas
  • Rights: rr-f
  • Medium: Velvet, fur, silk, cotton, brocade, 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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