Textiles: symbols and meaning in the embroidery of Epirus
Simpson, Cheryl Ann
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In the past all textiles produced were imbued with symbols and meanings easily identified by all members of the community. These same symbols and designs are often echoed in other arts and crafts such as architecture, ceramics and jewellery making. The long and turbulent history of Greece has left a visible legacy in its embroidery designs which have been influenced by Ottoman, Venetian, Genoese and Frankish rule. This paper seeks to explore the influences on the textiles of the Epirus region. Textiles have historically played a significant role in the household and in the dress of Greek women, and tell a story rich with heritage and meaning.