The LX Costume Collection
Levendia-X created their costume collection based on the curriculum taught over the past 15 years. Suites put together representing the mainland, Makedonia and the Aegean Islands are perfectly complemented by their respective costumes. Our collection consists of the following costumes:
The Desfina (mainland Greece; Sterea Ellada)
The women's Desfina is a peasant dress found in the region of Fokida. The main centres in this region consist of Delphi, Amphissa, Arahova and Desfina (hence the name.) This is a white long-sleeved dress over which is worn a long white vest (segouna) decorated with black and red embroidery. A red velvet apron with gold embroidery is tied above the waist and adorned with a black sash trimmed in gold (podoskino). This accessory is finished at each end with gold tassels, to keep it in place. The costume consists of a headpiece made of a large triangular piece of light-weight cotton and is trimmed with pompoms. The costume is finished with strands of gold coins worn across the chest and a matching set of coin earring. This represented the unmarried woman's dowry, therefore the greater the number of coins, the greater the dowry.
Foustanella (mainland Greece; Sterea Ellada)
Worn by diplomats and warriors, this costume was declared the national costume for men. It is found in mountainous areas and was worn mainly in the Central and Southern parts of Greece. The costume derives its name from the pleated white skirt (foustanella) made by triangular shaped pieces of cloth called langolia which are sewn together diagonally. The Foustanella skirt consists of 400 pleats symbolizing the years during which Greece was under Ottoman rule. The Greek Fighters of the 1821 revolution wore the Foustanella while fighting the Turks. Today it serves as the official uniform of the Evzones, the Presidential Guard, who keep their vigil at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens. The remainder of the costume is composed of a white shirt with a very wide flowing sleeve, and embroidered woolen vest called the fermeli and has panels hanging from the back. The vest can be blue, black or maroon, the latter worn by the captain of the guard. A sash (zonari) is worn around the waist, and pointed shoes which have large pompoms (tsarouhia).