From the Collections of the Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen
Embroidery of the Greek Islands and Epirus Region
Harpies, Mermaids, and Tulips
Sumru Belger Krody
- Showcases richly embroidered textiles produced by Greek islanders, from the 17th to the 19th century
- Features specially commissioned photography and previously unpublished items
Richly embroidered textiles produced from the early seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries in the Aegean and Ionian seas and in the Epirus region of Greece offer a unique window into island societies at the intersection of two worlds: the Latin West and Ottoman East. This book is a study of these textiles, customarily produced for bridal trousseaux and used in domestic life. Each Greek Island embroidery tradition demonstrates the complex interactions between the creative energies of an embroiderer, her community and her exposure to the political, economic and social environment in which she lived. These embroidered textiles can be seen as remarkable examples of the power of these island communities to assimilate foreign influences into their own native folk traditions. The book tells a story of the ways that cultural and political history and design are intertwined. It helps us to understand the Greek textile makers, the brilliant choices they made in their work and how they masterfully combined the very different artistic traditions of Greece, Venice and the Ottoman world.
Sumru Belger Krody is Senior Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Collections at The Textile Museum and the Managing Editor of The Textile Museum Journal.