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Sarakatsan Costumes

The female costume of Central Macedonia or “Kassandrini”

The “Kassandrini” female costume consists of a woollen underwear for the upper body (katasarki), an embroiderer shirt, socks and a skirt made of three parallel woven garments seamed in the waist sash. The sarakatsan skirts of Attica are made in the same manner, as well as the ones in Thessaly and Epirus. The “kassandrini” costume does not include the typical tsamantani (a kind of sleeveless waistcoat worn over the shirt); instead, it consists of a bodice, known as zostari, embroidered on its two sides. The costume was supplemented by a woollen embroiderer apron, trachlia (a garment covering the chest and the opening of the bodice), a cape (gouzoki) a kerchief and a beautiful silver belt. The female costume was adorned with beautiful embroidery and the chest of the women was adorned with coins and jewellery.

The “Kassandrini” costume was altered after 1935-40: the skirt became full length with a bodice, without embroidered adornments on the vest and the skirt. The fringe of the skirt was adorned with ribbons (frentzes) and embroiderer garments (kentopania). The cape (gouzoki) was replaced by a jacket (mpolka), reaching a bit lower from the waistline, with five or six folds on the back.

The male Macedonian costume
The male costume was modified after 1920, when the traditional foustanela (a white wooden kilt) was replaced by European style dark blue woollen trousers and jacket.  It was made by high quality woven wool fabric. After 1935 breeches became popular, worn with long socks (tsourapia) reaching the knee.

Read more on the website of the Sarakatsani Folklore Museum