La Greca Blog
Sporadically thrown into the Aegean Sea, more than 20 rocks were molded by swirling winds, salty waves and the whimsical earth into the islands we now know as Sporades.
In those pieces of land floating on crystal turquoise waters, inspiration has always been drawn from the elements of nature. Spiral and swirling plants, animals and geometric compositions that resemble flowers have been part of people’s everyday life and dreams. They have been depicted on sheets, pillows, tablecloths wedding dresses and jackets alike for generations. Creative minds invented the designs and skillful hands realized them on pieces of cloth with colorful or luxurious yarns, depending on the occasion.
Such unique designs from the island of Skyros are the source of inspiration for insightful designers Rena Halkia and Magda Mavridou from Thessaloniki. They ingeniously decided to revive the 18th century traditions of Skyrian high-society ladies who used to protect their so-called "grafto" (meaning written) embroideries from the lurking eyes of potential imitators as precious secrets. It seemed to be a sort of competition between families, a lively tradition which was actually taken very seriously those days. I can imagine that few - if anybody - dared to take a peek or unveil the secret, for nobody wished to experience the passionate outburst of a betrayed Greek woman!
Now these very same designs have come to light to adorn our contemporary street or evening outfits. Perfectly fit both for an afternoon coffee break or an evening gala, these felt cloth embroidered clutches branded as “It’s All Greek on Me”, are brought to you outside Greece by La Greca Blog. Travel back in time and feel the elegance of an era where uniqueness was valued like pure gold…
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Marianna Lagakou - Van Zandweghe