Let’s dress up our Thursdays

In the context of the first cycle of lectures at their new premises, at “Kanari4”, the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation and the Hellenic Costume Society organise a seminar on archaeological textiles, taught by Dr. Stella Spantidaki, Director of ARTEX.


This seminar, entitled “Greek archaeological textiles”, intends to shed light on the wealth of ancient Greek textiles, presenting information from extant fabrics, textile tools, written sources, experimental reconstructions, ethnological sources and iconography.


The seminar is divided in four sections:


  • ·       Thursday, 05/10/2017, 18:00: Introduction to archaeological textiles

The first course presents different types of textiles, created with various techniques, as well as the conditions necessary for their preservation. It also examines basic technical textile characteristics and presents techniques for their study. Moreover, it discusses the variety of information generated by research on archaeological textiles and presents cases of reconstructions of ancient garments using experimental archaeology techniques.


  • ·       Thursday, 12/10/2017, 18:00: The dress in the Greek area (Minoan to Hellenistic period)

This section presents different types of dress used in ancient Greece and discusses their technical and aesthetic characteristics. Moreover, it discusses methods used in the study of production and decoration techniques of ancient Greek garments.


  • ·       Thursday, 19/10/2017, 18:00: Textile technology in the 1st millennium BC

Part A: techniques of thread and textile production


Starting from the raw materials, this section examines the stages of the textile chaîne opératoire and discusses the initial treatment of fibres, the different ways of obtaining a thread, its characteristics and the tools used. Regarding the weaving, it presents different types of looms focusing on the warp-weighted loom, which was the traditional loom used in ancient Greece, as well as the weaves of archaeological textiles and the weaving tools. Moreover, it examines alternative textile production techniques, such as narrow looms, tablet weaving, felt and sprang.


  • ·       Thursday, 26/10/2017, 18:00: Textile technology in the 1st millennium BC

Part B: Dyes and decoration techniques


The last section of the seminar deals with the embellishment of ancient Greek textiles, namely the decorative techniques and treatments used in order to give to the fabrics a unique appearance. It discusses various decorative techniques, carried out either during or after weaving, as well as dyestuffs from plants and animals used in textile dyeing.


Entrance fee for a single lecture 10€ (8€ for students and unemployed persons), 36€ for the entire seminar.

Information and registration:

e-mail: kanari4pli@gmail.com / tel.: 6944545451 Mr D. Xanthoulis