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Address: 62, Konstantinoupolis St. GR 62122, Serres, Macedonia, Greece
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 09.00-14.00
Monday: closed
Phone No: (++30) 2321-62528
Fax No.: (++30) 2321-56180
Web Address: http://www.sarakatsani-folk-museum.gr
 

 

The Sarakatsan Folklore Museum has existed since 1979 and since 1997 has occupied a new two-storey building which was built as a museum. The aim of the museum is to give visitors some idea of how the Sarakatsani live, on the basis of oral accounts, memories, and experiences of Sarakatsani and ethnographical and sociological studies. The exhibits were all donated by private individuals.

On the ground floor are reconstructions of the tsiatoura, the temporary shelter the Sarakatsani use when they are on the move, and the woven huts in which they live, make cheese, and teach their children. All the huts relate to the final phase of the Sarakatsani’s nomadic life, during the interwar period.

On the first floor are tools and weaving equipment for the entire process from spinning the thread to the final products, which include bedspreads, flokati rugs, and other textiles. There are also showcases displaying the varieties of Sarakatsan costume for both women and men.

Since 1998, the museum has been running a two-hour educational programme for primary-school children. Specialists introduce the children to the Sarakatsan way of life, teaching them how to weave, how to spin, and how to live in a Sarakatsan hut.

The museum also has a collection of old photographs from all over Greece covering the period 1906–50, a collection of traditional songs, recorded and archived in categories, and a room equipped with audio-visual systems.

Sarakatsan costumes
Sarakatsan costumes
The tsiatoura, the temporary shelter the Sarakatsani
The tsiatoura, the temporary shelter the Sarakatsani
The woven huts in which they live and make cheese
The woven huts in which they live and make cheese


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