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Skopelo’s Local Dress

Local dress is important for any place. It is a point of reference for understanding the economic, social situation and traditions and customs of each state.

In Skopelos the local costume is one of the most elaborate and impressive Greek costumes. The women’s costume of Skopelos are influenced from the Byzantium and the Western Renaissance. This is due to the economic boom that the island experienced since the male population was engaged in maritime trade and shipping.

The Skopelists wore plush uniforms that fully covered their body as defined by the strictly conservative society.

The Skopelian wedding dress, or Morko, Volta, or Kalo along with Stofa (embroidered handmade circle), is the formal costume of the island. The make-up comes from “moricaux”, which means really dark. It is characterized by the black color with the contrast of colorful embroidery and rich materials. The costume also has an inner white cotton shirt, a white silk shirt, four underskirts that give volume to the set and a vest. Fabrics and embroidery are silk and the costume consists of many aspects. The bride adorns her ornate headdress.

Whatever family had a girl had to take care of along with the dowry and the preparation of the Stofa. Usually the girls embroidered their wedding dress with red, yellow and green silk threads. The rest of the sections were embroidered with special embroidery. Only girls of affluent families wore Stofa. The girls who had no financial comfort wore a red-brown dress on their wedding day.

Apart from bridal clothing, the married women wore blue dresses or Gerania and the unwed white long dresses. The elderly chose a black underskirt otherwise called “kalovoli” or “volta”.

In the village of Glossa the girls wore a white underskirt. And two other costumes called “tsitsia” or “’fountoma”.