The Art of Traditional Crocheting in Greece

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Miss Polyplexi revives crocheting through modern handmade creations

 

The history of crocheting remains a mystery and no one can really say when it exactly started as few ancient crochet pieces have survived. Egypt seems to have been the place where crocheting was born; however, it had soon traveled in Europe by the Arabs and since then, it spread to the rest of Europe, including Greece. Crocheting was part of everyday life and a craftmanship that every Greek housewife had to know. Handmade crochet pieces were an indication of care and love as Greek women used to crochet clothes and accessories, such as socks, beanies, and scarves for men that fought in wars. When the industrial revolution of the 19th century came, it seemed to have affected the importance of crocheting though and led to an increased demand of ready-wear pieces. Therefore, crocheting transformed to a hobby for upper-class Greek women as it declined worldwide and people considered crochet pieces being outdated. However, in the last few years crocheting has come to the forefront again and the handcrafted crocheted pieces are of great appreciation by the wider public as opposed to fast-fashion.

Greek women, such as Vasiliki Theodorou, the Fashion Designer and Owner of the brand MISS POLYPLEXI revives the art of traditional crocheting and gives to her handcrafted creations a modern twist. Her love for craftsmanship, original materials and crocheting are the “magic recipe” leading her to success. For Vasiliki, hand crocheted bags are much more than a simple occupation. Vasiliki was taught the art of crocheting by her mum who made her love it ever after. Next to her mum, she learned to appreciate the handmade creations, as well as the passion, love and care hidden behind them. The brand name is – of course – inspired by her beloved mum whom her first name is Polyxeni on which Vasiliki made a “play on words” and she created the word “Polyplexi”. It is a synthesis of two Greek words “POLY” + “PLEXI”. “POLY” means “a lot” and “PLEXI” means “crochet” – exactly as Vasiliki is doing right now, she crochets a lot! Vasiliki added the word “MISS” for a personal touch on the bespoke handmade bags and accessories she makes!

Her handmade bags can be found worldwide and more specifically in countries such as Greece, Spain, Israel, Australia, US and others. It is striking how big was the response of the MISS POLYPLEXI bags abroad and how much loved are by women around the globe.

MISS POLYPLEXI is all about handcrafted goodness. Discover the beautiful handmade creations at www.misspolyplexi.com or follow the social media accounts:
https://www.instagram.com/miss_polyplexi/
https://www.facebook.com/misspolyplexi/
Last, but not least you can also find the last campaign as well as MISS POLYPLEXI herself in action while crocheting on YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh8hUuIXXlW7BMgyVw5zIYg/videos?view_as=subscriber

 

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