There were some beautiful local textile moments in Naxos, Greece.
On a hike from Halki to Moni, we walked into a quiet corner of Moni where a woman was sitting, working on a textile pinned to a pillow on her lap, sitting on a stoop near a marble square while she chatted with her daughter. We said hello and asked directions to a café and she asked us if we were interested in seeing the process of the weaving. I jumped at it, and was so glad to have done so. She showed us the process and how the loom worked, and then we browsed her textile collection: traditional long & narrow sizes mostly with stripes in red, natural white and blue. All of them in cotton, and much like you see in shops in all of the towns as typical Cycladic souvenirs. And then there was this one in wool:
The above photo is the back side, made of local Naxian wool and hand woven on the loom. There was only one made of wool out of dozens made of cotton. The wool fibers being rare as they spool the fibers for the wool themselves from the sheep of the village. This small, 2x4' piece of woolen love is a true treasure.
Eleftheria Krpodini showing us her process at the loom.
A view of dusk on the hills, hiking back towards Halki.
A doorway at one square where the village children were practicing dances for the Panaghia festival on 15 August.
The Loom: Greek made, organic clothes in central downtown Naxos. Rustic and rough around the edges, but with good stuff inside.
A beautiful Greek designer Ioanna Kourbela. This black cotton voile vest with herringbone cotton ribbon trim blew my mind.
Greek (Hellenic) knitwear, made in Greece of "environ mentally" friendly Greek cotton.