Table Cloth - Kariatilei Work, Gold Embroidery, circa 1960s Object Reg. No: SH 000239

Round Kariatilei work table cloth, made in the 1960s and given to Irene Soumilas by her parents. Irene migrated to Australia at the age of 19 in 1958 from the Greek Island of Lefkas to be married in 1959. Her dowry travelled in two trunks by ship, although she travelled by air. She also received gifts from friends and family once in Australia of textiles and clothing from Greece. The style of embroidery on this table cloth is known as Kariatilei work as it comes from the village of Karia on the Greek island of Lefkas.
Circular gold table cloth with scalloped edges. Table cloth has a repeating design which has been embroidered in gold thread, consisting of a flower and diamond shaped motif followed by two rows of leaf shaped designs.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mrs Irene Soumilas, 2000
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: immigration, greek communities, greek immigration, domestic life, glory boxes, textiles, dowries, arranged marriages, manchester furnishings
Themes this item is part of: Cultural Diversity Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: dowries
Place Made: Lefkas , Greece, circa 1960s
User: Mrs Irene Soumilas, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1960-2000

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