Jacket

Short, fitted jackets were fashionable for men and women in 19th century Greece. The loose sleeves allow the wearer to move freely while dancing. Such jackets are characterized by gold embroidery on a dark velvet ground. Embroidering with metal thread is a long tradition in Greece that was profoundly influenced by centuries of Ottoman rule.


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    Europe: Eastern Europe, Balkans, Greece, Tanagra or Eleusis

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Who would wear such an ornate jacket and what type of occasion would they wear it at?

responded: Apr 15, 2010

Posted by Jennifer Campbell

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This embroidered jacket is called a fermeli was part of the Greek military uniform and was worn with a pleated white skirt known as a fustanella. This became the dress uniform at the court of King Otto of Greece (reign 1833 to 1862) and is now worn by the Evzones—the presidential guard with a mainly ceremonial function—as well many traditional dance groups. Short embroidered jackets are part of the folk costume in many parts of Greece. In Corfu, for example, a cropped, densely embroidered jacket, known as a peseli, is given to the bride by her future husband and is worn as part of the bridal costume
 

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