A woman who lives in the village wove the fabric and tailored the entire costume whilst the characteristic boots have been created by Georgios Prearis, a shoemaker from Olympos. Costumes such as this one used to be worn by all married women in Olympos in the past and were embelished with magnificent chains of coins for important feast days. Although the remote location has helped the local dialect and many customs survive, the costumes are nowadays only ever worn as folklorism for the many tourists. Ever since Greek family law was reformed in 1983, the law of inheritance traditionally observed by the residents of Olympos, according to which the oldest daughter inherits the mother’s assets and the eldest son the father’s, whilst further children can at best expect any gains
made by the parents during their marriage, is only rarely applied these days.


  • Title: Women’s costume
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1970/1976
  • Location: Olympos, Karpathos island, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: h170 cm
  • Type: Object
  • Medium: cotton, rayon, leather, hand- and machine-sewn
  • Inv.-No.: II B 7470 a–g
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-018719
  • External Link: Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Copyright: Text: © Koehler & Amelang Verlag in der Seemann Henschel GmbH & Co. KG / Museum Euopäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / und die Autoren Photo: © Museum Euopäischer Kulturen, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Ute Franz-Scarciglia

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