Folklore Museum Of Chania
Chania Prefecture – Chania
“CRETAN HOUSE” – CHANIA FOLKLORE MUSEUM
It will give you a representative picture of the way of life that older people led in our island.
Two women – Mrs A. Bikaki and E. Koumandaraki-Markaki – worked hard for many years and “brought to life” today for you the old “Cretan House”.
The exhibition includes:
1. LAOGRAPHICAL COLLECTION
Laographical collection of tools, raw materials, and products of traditional domestic handicraft, various crafts, and agricultural life.
° Agricultural items for working in the fields like plows, scales, objects for crushing fruit…
° Bucolic objects like bells, shears…
° Domestic utensils object that every household had like a kneading-trough, lamps, dishes, objects used in baking, irons with coal.
° Weaving: raw materials, tools, and its products. Threads of silk, flax, athanatos, wool-reel, saber, loom-coverlets, towels, handkerchiefs, embroidery used in the bridal bed.
2. LAOGRAPHICAL PRESENTATIONS
Presentations of agricultural occupations. Ploughings, sowing, harvesting, threshing, crushing of the grapes.
Presentation of domestic handicrafts. Use of the loom-thread presentation, silk and flax processing, washing.
Presentation of various crafts like show-making, rope-making, tailoring, basket-making.
3. PRESENTATION OF THE INTERIOR OF AN AGRICULTURAL HOUSE
A kitchen with fireplace, a kiln, a sideboard.
A bedroom with a bridal bed embellished with a white mosquito-net and many embroideries.
In the workshop of the museum copies of old genuine embroidery are made and embroidered pictures with scenes of local manners and customs. They are “self-taught” designs full of motion and life showing the artistic creation and the effortless inspiration of their creator.
Cretan wedding – Olive picking – Washing – Harvest
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