The bridal and festival costume of Karpathos is called the kava(d)i after its principal garment, a coat worn by girls after they turned 15. One of the oldest costumes of the upper class, the kava(d)i was a type of costume particular to the kanakara, the eldest daughter, and is still worn today on a daily basis in Elympos. In addition to its main component, the kava(d)i, a long open coat with stylistic features reminiscent of Byzantine dress, the costume consists of a chemise of white cotton or l
Karpathos, Greece, is the second largest of the Greek Dodecanese islands, in the southeastern Aegean Sea. Because of its remote location, it has preserved many peculiarities of dress, customs and dialect, the last resembling those of Crete and Cyprus. The ferry I was on pulled into the harbor for a dawn stop during my trip to Greece in 1984. By that trip, my second to that nation, I had already fallen in love with everything and anything Greek.