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The bride with her dowry
The bride's wedding dress and dowry, late 19th - early 20 cent., Kozani, Folklore Museum.

Gold-embroidered epitaphios
Gold-embroidered epitaphios, 16th cent., Mount Athos, Grigoriou Monastery.

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The bride with her dowry
Late 19th - early 20th century

Gold-embroidered epitaphios
16th century

Embroidery is the most impressive branch of folk art, and is of significance for both art and folklore. Embroideries from all parts of Greece, especially Macedonia, attest to influences from East and West, and also to distinctively Greek characteristics, which are clear in the variety of the decorative motifs.

Embroideries are classified according to their use and their technique, into white, coloured and gold embroideries. Coloured embroideries are intended to adorn houses, or to form part of both male and, mainly, female costume. They are 'metrita' and 'grapta', with local variations in both the motifs and colours used. The material used is normally silk thread, wool or cotton thread being used more rarely.

See Also
Civilization - Ecclesiastical gold-embroidery (1204-1430)

Macedonian Heritage
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