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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

    Embroidery from Ioannina

    Embroidery on cream silk, decorated in appliqué, a technique using mixed material as printed cardboard, cloth and twisted gold thread. Depicted is the biblical High Priest Aaron in front of the Tabernacle, wearing a costume similar to the one of Greek-Orthodox bishops, including the traditional chasuble (cape) and stole (long, narrow band). It is interesting that this small handcrafted work is one of several examples in the JMG Ethnographic Collection, embroidered by Dr. Abraham Decastro (1948/9 – 1911) from Ioannina. It would seem that this soothing pastime helped the good doctor deal with his stressful profession.

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