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The Greek traditional dress, made to impress rather than to show off the body, has deep roots in history, mainly in the Byzantine tradition. It is generally divided into three categories: the type of clothes worn on the mountains, those worn in the planes and the clothes prevalent on the islands

The traditional dress for men in Greece is of dark colour and simple detail so that the dress’ basic shape remains clear. This is quite the opposite to what happens in the case of women’s costumes, where bold colours and absurd details blur the outline (ref. Greek Costumes by I.Papantoniou, 1974).

The Lyra group has a wide variety of costumes that compliment the performance of dances from different regions. These costumes are either old original pieces or made by the members the traditional way copying originals from Greek Museum Collections. The group owns 190 costumes in all.

Costume Detail


Cretan Headgear


Women’s Costumes Men’s Costumes
Sarakatsana – two types: Epirus and Attica Foustanella – Central Greece and Peloponnese
Krios – Thrace Foustanella for the Boulles folk ritual – Naoussa / Makedonia
Metaxades – Western Thrace Vovoussa – Epirus
Karoti – Thrace Episkopi – Makedonia
Drymos – Makedonia Everyday Poutouria [Black] – Makedonia
Meghara – Attica Poutouria [Brown] – Thrace
Kato Panaghia – Asia Minor and Euboia Sarakatsani – Thrace
Cappadocian – Asia Minor Vraka – 3 types: Cyclades, Dodecanese, Cyprus
Metaxades – Thrace Pontic – Black Sea
Karoti – Thrace Cappadocian – Asia Minor
Drymos – Makedonia Epirus – Epirus
Meghara – Attica Corfu – Ionian Island
Kato Panaghia – Asia Minor and Euboia
Cappadocian – Asia Minor
Corfu – Ionian Island
Thassos – Aegean Island
One gold embroidered Trikeri – Thessaly
One rare Pirpiri (200 years old) – Ioannina / Epirus
Ghidas – Makedonia