Thrace

Village of Karoti

The mens’ costume from the village of Karoti in Thrace is characterized by black wool baggy pants (the vraka), a black knit belt (the zoni), a white cotton shirt embroidered at the neck and collar, a black wool jacket (the yileko) embroidered on the sleeves, pockets, and neckline, and a blue headpiece. Pinned on the mandili to the right side of the head is a diamond- shaped piece that is made of heavy wool felt on which a geometric design has been beaded.

The women’s Karoti costume is comprised of a white skirt or fousta which is embroidered at the hem and a red blouse embroidered on the sleeves. The black tsoukna is worn over this as well as the loomed podia (apron) and the bronze belt buckle adorned with colorful jewels. On their heads the women of Karoti wear a black scarf with ribbons, a yellow flowered scarf, and a white triangular headpiece trimmed with yarn of many colors. On their feet they wear white knitted socks and red felt shoes (terlikia) adorned with colored sequins, beads, cord, and yarn.

Village of Metaxades

The women of Metaxades wear a white dress (foustani) under their black tsoukna which is embroidered with many colors at the chest. They also wear the bronze belt buckle, brown knitted socks, podia, and terlikia. Their headpieces consist of a red scarf and a flowered scarf. They wear a beaded neckband in the colors and geometric patterns typical of Thrace.

Village of Ellinohori

The mens’ costume from the village of Ellinohori consists of the black wool baggy pants (the vraka), a black knit belt (the zoni), a white cotton shirt embroidered at the neck and sleeves, a black wool vest on which the two-headed eagle is embroidered in gold on the back, and a blue headpiece. The beaded wool pin is also worn, like the costume from Karoti.

Similar to the women of other Thracian villages, the women of Ellinohori wear the white dress (foustani) under their black tsoukna which is also embroidered at the chest. Over the tsoukna they wear a black wool vest trimmed with gold and decorated with gold cord at the sides. They wear the bronze belt buckle, knitted socks, woven podia which is embroidered with a stripe pattern, and terlikia. Their headpieces consist of a black scarf over which is placed a white scarf embroidered with a flower design that is worn in the back. They also wear flowers that are placed inside the scarf and the beaded neckband similar to the Metaxades costume.