Throughout history, items of clothing have been tokens of personal style and self-expression as well as a mark of the social status of the person who wears them. Clothes narrate the history of a certain place and its people, reflecting the forces that shaped their identity and providing clues to their daily life and activities.
The Hellenic American Union, in collaboration with artist Gisis Papageorgiou, has been engaged for more than two decades in extensive research to present the most extensive and detailed record of the diversity and evolution of Greek traditional costumes from the 19th to the early 20th century. The fruits of this research are the more than 1500 complete and documented costume sketches, in a journey that covers all the geographical regions of Greece, the Pontus and Cyprus. The designs provide insight into the history, traditions, and customs of the Hellenic nation, as well as raw material to inspire new fashion creations and to further academic research into folk culture. They also serve as excellent material for storytelling. The project in its entirety will be included in sixteen bilingual volumes.
The fifth volume of the series is dedicated to the region of Cyprus and is published under the auspices of the Academy of Athens.