Arcadia, Greece

Traditional village production was dependent on lifecycles, requiring both rainwater and dry periods, in tune with the seasons and natural symbiosis. Through ritualistic processes the wool’s innate properties became animated by earthly divinities, by water and light – before being reanimated by the designer’s hand. Unsung Weavers re-frames historic material metamorphosis, acting like a cape around the timeless collaboration between nature’s human and non-human agents.

Unsung Weavers is a series of one-off coats hand-crafted out of woollen blankets salvaged from Mediterranean villages. Each unique piece is a relic in itself, echoing the long forgotten rituals of rural production while reviving the ancient craft of weaving. Every coat is entirely hand-stitched from a unique pattern based on utilitarian apparel archetypes, such as the shepherd’s overcoat and monastic jacket.

Materials gathered in Arcadia, designs made in Athens. Hems are raw cut, some designs feature decorative hand-embroidery. The coats take their structure from the blankets having been soaked on the riverbed for days to give them a felted quality, which also makes them water resistant. 

Athens EU, Studio open by appointment.
Styling, George Karapetis
Photography, Nonda Coutsicos
Ikones, Naya and Tina

© 2019