The Traditional Craft of Weaving In Mykonos

Weaving in Mykonos? That’s right. It’s not all parties and beaches. There are wonderful groups and talented people on the island who love nurturing Greek culture and traditions.


INSTRUCTOR THEODOR ANASTASATOS: Born of Austrian and Greek parents in NY. He studied fashion design of Central Saint Martins and continues to work for Vivienne Westwood in London, Tokyo and the Indifex Group in Spain

MANAGER MARY STAVRAKOPOULOU : Biologist with a masters degree in Ecology, community counselor in Ano Mera Mykonos and a traditional craftswoman

MANAGER DIMITRA NAZOU: Writer, traditional craftswoman and external partner of the Folklore Museum of Mykonos


Weaving is one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world alongside ceramics, woodworking, stone and metalwork. It can be traced back to Neolithic times. The fibre twisting, the raw material needed for weaving to develop, dates back 20,000 to 30,000 years ago. Using mechanised machinery didn’t develop until the mid 1700’s.  In ancient Greece, weaving was a thriving profession on the islands. Up until the 1930s, knitwear from Mykonos was still in demand. Mykonos was a weaver’s island with more than 500 working looms. Eventually only a few continued this craft.

Where They Create Woven Art

Three 2 hour sessions offer anyone who is interested a chance to experience this wonderful art. Classes are held at the Monastery of Palaiokastro in Ano Mera. Contact 22890 27190 for information.

The workshops are under the auspices of KDEPAM and “THE FRIENDS OF FOLKLORE MUSEUM OF MYKONOS”

Dyeing Threads Using Natural Local Plants

2-Day Seminar March 12-13 2022

Participation cost 40 euros (including all the materials and tools you will need.)

Highest number of participants per section 5.

1st session : 11.00-13.00

2nd Section: 15.00-17.00

Educator Thodoris Anastasatos.

Weaving Photographs by Leanne Vorrias. PhotoRevelation Mykonos


2 responses to “The Traditional Craft of Weaving In Mykonos

  1. I used to live in Kalafatis and work in Tourism Industry in Mykonos for many years and my eternal love Mana mu Elllada…..I will help you to post and promote your cultural and extremely lovely traditional heritage!… Contact me


    • Hello. It is so nice to hear from you. I am always happy to have the support of others to promote the beautiful Greek culture, especially the traditions of Mykonos! My number is (30)694-074-0590 and email If you ever are in Mykonos, be sure to let me know. I often spent many hours in Kalafatis photographing the fishing village and many friends there. Sadly it is now uninhabited and stands empty.
      Best Regards


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