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Greek Textiles in the Benaki Museum, Athens
Cretan embroidery Chemise border from a woman’s costume from Crete, embroidered with double-headed eagles, vases with flowers, birds and foliate motifs. For historical and geographic reasons Cretan embroideries are characterised by a style completely different from that of the other Greek islands. They come either in rich polychrome designs or in strict monochrome. 18th-19th c.
Greek ‘Tsevres’ (a decorative accessory) from Thrace. 19th century. Probably entended to become two sash (uçkur/waist band) for women. Motifs: "tree of life" and flowers, side by side. Silk and gold thread, gold wire on cotton - Satin, straight and Asia Minor stitches stitch. (from: The Greek Institute).
Greek ‘Tsevres’ (a decorative accessory) from Thrace. 19th century. Could also be used – if long enough - as sash (uçkur/waist band) for women; or as a handkerchief, worn in the waist belt (by both men and women). Motif: "tree of life" with acorns. Silk, and gold thread, gold wire on linen - Counted thread stitch. (from: The Greek Institute).