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Karpathos avaThe traditional outfit of Karpathos island in Greece is rather modest. Married women are dressed mainly in black, with a few bright spots – embroidered edges of their garments and floral patterns on their headscarves. Younger girls, of course, use much more colorful clothing – their garments are richly embroidered, decorated with beads, sequins, and bright patterns on the fabric. But still, the bodies of local females are fully covered when they wear folk costumes, which is actually not surprising because a lot of traditional outfits are modest and virtuous.

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Crete avaAmong all the traditional costumes of the Greek islands, that of Crete is particularly pretty. It differs much from the classic Greek outfit. One of our favorite accessories of the Cretan folk clothing is the knife that adds some really authentic features to both male and female dress. And, of course, there are exquisite jewelry pieces made from coins – what Greek female costume goes without them?

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Greek man avaGreek male costume is very interesting. There are several designs of the costume depending on the region of usage. But the most popular and recognizable around the world Greek outfit includes a skirt-like men’s garment called “fustanella”. Here is an example of the male national costume of Greece. It consists of a shirt, a fustanella (skirt-like male piece), a traditional short jacket with sleeves falling freely over the back, a wide fabric sash, white tights, traditional Greek shoes with large pom-poms called “tsarouchia”, and a fez with a tassel.

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greek-couple avaMany people imagine Greek traditional costume as a toga (a piece of linen cloth wrapped around the body), but this is completely wrong. The national clothing of Greece is very modest, colorful, multilayered, and unique. Of course, there are some regional features and many variations of garments, but in general, the typical styles of Greek traditional costumes are related.