Nicosia | Cyprus

A TRANSFORMATION OF GREEK AND CYPRIOT REGALIA

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During my third year of studies, what I was interested in, was exploring crafts of Greek and Cypriot tradition, starting from 1800. Jewellery, embroidery, costume and basketry are the ‘‘chapters’’, which have inspired me most, particularly the patterns, the colours and the materials that have been used. Back then, the more spectacular the costumes and accessories a person wore, the more prestige the person exhibited. People ’’showed off’’ by wearing impressive ornamental pieces, but they also wanted to show the festive and celebratory meaning of each one of them, a fact which still applies today. My aim was to pass the emblematic and impressiveness of these pieces by creating work that is reminiscent of these past traditions and to merge this with the contemporary.