Local costume from Psara Woman's costume from Psara

UnknownEarly 20th century

The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation "V. Papantoniou"

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

The costume of Psara belongs to a type that appears to have been worn in varying forms on other Aegean islands as well. It is renowned for its pure silk “tsiboukoto” chemise. The dark sleeveless dress has a richly-pleated skirt with the characteristic horizontal pleat about 20 centimetres above the hem, which has a decorative strip of brocade. This horizontal pleat is found in nearly all island-type dresses. The headdress with its pure silk “bolia” (scarf) is also very typical of island costumes. The Psara bolia combines well with the hairstyle, which anchors it to the forehead. Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation Collection


  • Title: Local costume from Psara Woman's costume from Psara
  • Creator: Unknown, Unknown
  • Date Created: Early 20th century
  • Location Created: Psara, North-East Aegean Islands, Greece, Psara, North-East Aegean Islands, Greece
  • Rights: rr-f
  • Medium: Cotton, velvet, brocade, silk, fur 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

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