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Παρασκευή, 18 Μαΐου 2007

KARPASIA MEN'S COSTUME

The island of Cyprus lies physically and culturally between Europe and Asia. Variously fought over or colonised by many cultures, Cypriots remain very aware of their own identity. While Cypriot costume illustrates some of the foreign influences brought by conquest or trade, these influences Male dress tended to be more uniform across the island than women's and consisted of pleated baggy trousers (vraka), and a waistcoat (yilekko) or jacket (zibouni). Most items of clothing had their festival variant.Though certain types of fabric and design of textiles and costumes were relatively uniform over the island, each area had its own local variation in terms of colour used, embellishments and accessories. The Karpas region was known for its bright coloured textiles with red predominating. It was also renowned for the fine silk used for underwear, and intricately embroidered and beaded festival and bridal gowns. The Karpas costumes shown here were all 'best' dress, made for weddings and festivals and only worn on those occasions.have been assimilated and incorporated into Cypriot tradition. Little study of Cypriot costume was made prior to 1878, when the British assumed administration of the island from the Ottoman Empire. Administrators, archaeologists and travelers who came to the island began to observe and record their impressions of the people and their culture.Male festive sleeved jackets distinctively Karpasian, were made from a multi-coloured check cotton alatzia textile. The shoulders, sleeves and back were richly embroidered with red and blue cotton cord and black thread in highly detailed designs. The silk shirt worn with this when part of a groom's costume would usually have been a gift from the bride. The women of Karpasia were famed for their skill in making festival costumes and for the variety of the embroidery and decoration.

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