The female presence was central to cottage industry and handicrafts. Embroidery, knitted and woven textiles adorned all the homes, mansions and farms. No house was without a workstation or workshop for the loom (“argaleios”).

Women spent hours there, weaving everything from bedding to the clothes of family members and they created handcrafted masterpieces. The simple or complex designs and beautiful natural colours enchant us even today. For centuries now, the sound of the treadle could be heard all over our countryside and the art of weaving was passed down from generation to generation. In the workshops, girls wove their dreams between the warp and the heddles. Chests were filled with throw rugs, rugs, sheets, pillows, silk garments and cotton undergarments.

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