Friday, July 23, 2010

Greek Crafts

This summer we traveled to various Greek islands including Crete. We were fortunate to visit a small Folk Crafts museum in Agios Georgios village in Lassithi Plateau. These images reminded me of Russian or even Scandinavian traditional embroidery. The figure of a woman represents life-giving forces of the Earth.
The rug comes from Agios Konstantinos village in Lassithi. The rich imagery includes animals and plants familiar to weavers.

Here is a small collection of various rugs in a local textile shop.

We also stopped at Lasinthos Eco Park in Lassithi, where visitors can see various craft demonstrations.

Cyprus has its own tradition of embroidery and lace making: Lefkara lace. It comes from Lefkara village, and has a very distinct look. We saw these samples in Larnaca airport on our way back home. There are plenty of machine-made imitations, but once you saw the original hand-made lace, there is now substitute. It is amazing!

In one of the villages near Akamas on Cyprus we saw some interesting examples of local weaving. Some of the motifs resemble designs from Northern Russia and even Scandinavia.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Santorini Top

This top was inspired by the hot summer days on Santorini. The picture is done on Crete, but the Santorini was the island where the top took its shape. I used Rowan Milk Cotton yarn to crochet it.