Hand-Weaving on Crete seems to be a dying art?
Skills which for generations have been passed from mother to daughter are lost.
In a rural society like Crete the folk art and the handicraft grew out of the need for making objects for everyday use. Carpets, blankets, bed coverings and other weaved and embroidered articles, boots and bags of leather, knives and scissors, ceramics and earthenware and baskets made from reed and osier.
Today, hardly anyone produces such articles anymore. And when they do it's mostly for the tourist industry and the quality is often as might be expected. In other words, you will have to search carefully to find quality items.
But it is definitely possible and there are still people who uphold the old traditions of Cretan handicraft.
Fortunately, some people still "dreaming" and try to keep them alive in the passage of time.
Kurelu is an interactive project, a creative “bet” that woven carpets can claim a place in the modern home and woven accessories to become again a part of our everyday life.
Kurelu brings weaving into the present: it develops old techniques, modifies the traditional looms and creates modern rags and woven items matching the aesthetic and functional needs of a modern house.
The person behind kurelu is Angeliki Genitsaridou! She grew up literally amongst the looms of the women of her family and she cherished their rhythmic song. She studied decorative arts at the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, worked as a decorator for several years and then decided to return to her roots …!
She pulled the old family looms out from the warehouse, assembled them and “patented” them in order to implement her new ideas. Her childhood experiences, her modern way of “ look and feel” and the colorful cotton rags imported from abroad, are all woven in her looms.
You could visit Angeliki’s modern weaving workshop at Monofatsiou Tower in lovely Crete.
Pirgos Monofatsiou Heraklion Crete