Costumes: Epirus - Dropolis

The costume of Dropolis was worn in the region of Dryinoupolis-Dropolis, in the villages of the flat lands surrounding Argyrokastro. This area has close relations with the region of Pogoni, thus explaining many of the similarities noticeable in the costumes, with as principal characteristic the white segouni and all the basic features of the Greek costume. Throughout this geographical area, such as in Lidzouria, Zagora, Delvino, Tepeleni and Premeti, are maintained the manners, habits and traditional customs which demonstrate an interrupted course of Greek heritage.

The women of Dropolis like those of Hassia and other regions tattooed a cross on their forehead as a protection against Moslem dervishes.

The costume, either everyday or festival or bridal wear, consisted of the white cotton, or a silk chemise, skirt, a substitute for the usual dickey, bib or a white summer mantel, sleeveless vest, an apron, wool belt, a golden belt, knitted white stockings. To the headdress belong a red, velvet fez, silk veil, crepe kerchief, a white band tied to the head and a white cotton kerchief. The ornaments of the costume are small silver clasps, cross, silver plated buckle, chains for the chest, earrings, rings and bracelets.

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