From the ancient Greeks to the present day. Greece costume. The history of national costume - a history of the nation, embodied in the elegant cut and play of fabrics, sophisticated designs and elegant simplicity of colors. No exception and Greek costume. However, differences still there: if other peoples' suit was a means of expressing wealth and social position, and this was achieved through the wealth of material and designs, the Greeks a sign of noble origin, was elegant. Fabrics are mainly used in the same - fine wool and flax. Cutting and sewing and in a mine was not - a rectangular piece of cloth thrown through his shoulder and draped on the figure. Dressing was very soft, pliable material was obtained, which allows us to compete in the art of drapery - the most sure way to stand out from the crowd. Fabric had to emphasize excellence, "play" on the body, the jet and fly.
The ancestors of modern Athenians preferred the bright pastel colors. But military commanders prefer purple robes that distinguished them from ordinary soldiers. Later the color of clothing began to play a role - hetaera prefer bright stripes, elegant clothes were deep yellow, the Spartans began to wear bright red capes. Only black, never used - are simply not woven fabric. But with the change of fashion had not left the cult of beauty - both body and hair, and jewelry, and the folds must have been close to perfection.
However, everything flows, everything changes - have sunk into oblivion Greeks and their ancestors had slightly softened aesthetic requirements. By the way, appeared and black clothes - can in order to conceal the imperfection shape. In any case, under the influence of other cultures of the national Greek costume has undergone remarkable changes. The fabric for the dresses were cut out and sew together, the suit has incorporated many new elements. For example, already in the XVI - XVIII centuries dress respectable Greek women consisted of a long shirts - tunics with embroidered cuffs, dresses in black with a red bib. Mandatory part of the costume was an apron - without him on the street was better not to appear - indecent. Slim waist preferred to emphasize the colorful shawl with fringe. In winter, women wore a sleeveless ovchinki, sewn wool inside - the prototype of modern sheepskin. At sleeveless necessarily present embroidery, before the development of manufactures its presence was caring hostess attire. Naturally, the rich embroidery could tell a lot about the talents of girls of marriageable age, so I try everything to outdo each other as they could.
Men are not attracted to the embellishment - they therefore have been unusually good. You saw the dress uniform of the modern Greek guard? Some look so great-great-grandparents guardsmen. But they put their clothes are not for the solemn meeting of the delegations - they wore them every day. The costume consisted of a frivolous white skirts above the knees, gathered tiny pleats, black vest, short jackets, bright colors with gold braid, black tight pants to his knees, hats or armbands. Women headdress is the usual scarves on weekdays and small bonnets - Mithra - on holidays. Mitra though and covered hair, but on top of it all is tied lightweight scarf. Peplos, coats and laurel wreaths that time has long gone out of fashion - but then everything changes, and now it is difficult to meet a man in national costume, of whatever ethnic group he belonged. Although agree sly fashion no-no, yes and poroetsya in the trunks of our grandmothers, extract the light of long-forgotten dress yes declare a hit of the season. And we rejoice, listen.
Photo by Valerii Corcimari