Epiros Greek Costume

This piece is inspired by traditional Greek Folk Dances and the costumes one wears to perform them. This costume is specifically from the region Epirus in Northern Greece. Each layer of the Epiros costume depicts a scene from a different historical dance. When performing, many may not know the rich history and symbolism behind each dance, so the patterns on the garments represent the story behind three dances.
Dress depicts Tsakonikos Dance. This dance represents the ancient myth of the Minotaur; the pattern representing the quest Theseus took to travel through the labyrinth and kill the Minotaur.
Vest depicts Zolango Dance and Song. This dance and song tell the story of the village of Zolango in the early 1800s. The women in this village did not want to be slaves and concubines to the Ottoman Empire, so when the Ottoman soldiers arrived to pillage their village, the women took their children and jumped off the cliffs, wishing to commit suicide rather than be enslaved.
Apron and Handkerchief depicts Kalamatiano Dance. This dance is a celebratory dance, danced at weddings, baptisms, and joyous occasions.

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Detail of dress pattern depicting Tsakonikos Dance
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Detail of apron pattern depicting Kalamatiano Dance
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Detail of vest pattern depicting Zolango Dance and Song