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Compared to ultra modern fabrics with their invisible weave, the traditional loom with its clean, distinct strands looks ancient. And indeed it is!
The history of the loom starts as early as the mid- seventh millennium. The patroness of weaving in ancient times seems to have been the Goddess Athena, so called "Athena Ergane." Also, all the Minoan and Mycenaean palaces of the second millennium had workshops with vertical looms. Possibly the first mention of weaving within the Greek literary tradition is in Homer’s Odyssey, as the faithful Penelope wove during day and during the night unraveled what she had woven, confounding her...
Are you planning on traveling to Crete and get to known aspects of its tradition? Well, then you should definitely visit a traditional mitato. The largest part of the island is covered by mountainous extents of ground and its inhabitants work mainly on agriculture and stock breeding.
The shepherds, who spent most of their life on the mountains of the island, created a second home there, an "igloo" on the mountain, mitato. These are small dome-shaped buildings, of similar architecture to the dome-shaped Minoan tombs, which you will encounter mainly on the peaks of Psiloritis. There you will also see the oldest mitato in Nida Plateau,...