Tsakonian Costumes

The jumpsuit is the traditional women’s costume of the wider area of ​​Tsakonia. In the past, the nobility of Prastos, the first Tsakonian capital, used to wear the jumbe as a sign of economic surface and superior origin. This costume, which was used as a wedding dress, was characterized by Doric simplicity. Free from gold embroidered ornaments and coins, it combined the colors of red, yellow and green. Specifically, the Prastiotisses tzoumbeloudes were also called “rings”, since on each finger they wore a piece of jewelry consisting of sapphires, sandpaper, diamonds and pearls.

Today, the jumpsuit is worn only on national anniversaries by schoolgirls.

It consists of heavy fabrics of gold, silk, velvet and fine fabrics, which the rich Tsakones, who traded very prosperously in the cities of the East and the West, made. And the nobles of Prastos were called as wearing the long rich outer garment, the jumbe, jumbledes *. (Angeliki Chatzimichali).

The traditional, Tsakonian, women’s clothing consists of:

The shirt or ogyuma – garment, reaches to the ankle and is made of thin silk fabric embroidered with white silk embroidery or with gold thread around the neck and sleeves.

The bracelet or dress, made of erio fabric and camel hair, was usually green or oil green in color and rarely yellow, quite wide, fastened in the middle and carried around the legs a wide strip of red felt, the podogiure.

The zip, a small cardigan with long wide sleeves, the “turbans”.

The jumpsuit, an outer lining made of red felt or satin in soft shades; it was worn by brides and young people of the upper class.

The magliki, a silk scarf that decorates the neck, covers the chest and is fastened with a gold or diamond buckle.

The silver belt, a gold embroidered tape about three fingers wide that tightens the waist, is fitted with a silver belt.

The headband, very old tradition, the modern fez with rich long blue silk tassel.

Sources

TSAKONIANARCHIVES.GR

«Φορέας Διαχείρισης Όρους Πάρνωνα και Υγροτόπου Μουστού, 2015. Οδηγός για την προστατευόμενη περιοχή όρους Πάρνωνα και υγροτόπου Μουστού. Φύση, Πολιτισμός, Οικοτουρισμός. Άστρος Αρκαδίας».

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