"Arts & Crafts Play An Important Role in Greece" Top 5 Page for this destination Greece Local Custom Tip by deecat

Greece Local Customs: 236 reviews and 186 photos

Both knitting and embroidery are time-honored traditions in Greece. Because of the tourist industry, new markets have been provided for Greeks who work in the leather and pottery crafts.

We discovered that some of the best examples of Greek crafts come from villagers where the skills are handed down from generation to generation. We saw elegant embroidered cloth that were decorated with floral and geometric designs. The women who created these beautiful items learned the needlework from their mothers and grandmothers. The local agora or marketplace is where the women sell their embroidery.

In regions where sheep and goats are raised, wool sweaters and wool rugs are made. The thick woven rugs are called flokati. These rugs are soaked in water for three days to soften the wool. In a town called Arachova, the hand-woven and brightly colored and patterned rugs are sold as rugs, as bedspreads, and as wall hangings. I purchased a small one, and it has Athena in full armor on it along with the Greek design as a border.

We saw city markets filled with stalls selling wood carvings, leather goods (purses, boots, vests), silver metalwork, and clay pottery decorated with ancient designs. The most popular item seemed to be the clay pottery.

I think that the Greek jewelry [considered as some of the most beautiful in the world] can also be purchased from sidewalk stalls as well as expensive jewelry shops. I purchased a piece of silver jewelry while in Athens.

While in Greece, you will have no difficulty finding quality arts and crafts to purchase or just to admire.

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  • Updated Dec 18, 2008
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