Part 8: Weaving for Dowries

Published: April 29, 2024
Weaving for Dowries Title

In Geraki, as in many villages, it was customary for kilims to be included in dowries. Dowries were frequently showcased to the community, serving as a display of the gifts exchanged between families. Weddings were once week-long celebrations, during which the dowries, including woven items like kilims, were exhibited in the village. Nevertheless, kilims from Geraki were sought-after items for dowries beyond the village. Individuals familiar with the reputation of Geraki kilims would specifically travel to the village to place orders. This was because the weavers in Geraki were renowned for their expertise in operating looms, utilizing high-quality dyes and materials, and demonstrating exceptional skill in crafting kilims of superior quality.

With thanks to the Cultural Society of Geraki, the Ephoreia of Antiquities of Lakonia, the Municipality of Evrotas, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

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