Greek Folk Art
Komboloi - The No-Worry Beads of Greece
Explore the fascinating story of the worry beads of Greece - and see how they may enhance your trip.
The Penmaker of Poros
Combining honey, olive wood, and skill, craftsman Mixalis Boras of MIK pens creates sensuous writing instruments on the island of Poros.
Flokati Rugs - What exactly is a flokati rug and do I want one in my house?
Ekonomeas Gallery - Unusual "new" ancient art
This jaded shopper's spirit revived at the sight of these unusual approaches to ancient art styles - you may enjoy them too.
Spirit of Greece
Vassilis Politakis recreates Minoan pottery using traditional materials and techniques, making exact copies as well as new pieces inspired with the spirit of the ancient Minoans.
On-line shopping for reproductions of Cretan frescos, the Snake Goddess (check out the nice plaque as well as the statues), even Minoan-themed T-shirts. Handmade on Crete.
Potter's Village of Thrapsano
Fascinating account of the process of making pithara - large pots - in the traditional villages of Thrapsano and Margarites.
Komboloi Museum of Nafplion
Part workshop and store, part museum, this delightful spot is well worth a visit to anyone interested in worry beads, either virtually at their website or in person in the Peloponnese. On-line sales as well.
Komboskini - Prayer Ropes
Traditional prayer ropes as used by Greek Orthodox monks, made at monasteries.
Traditional handcarved icons, cabinets and other furnishings, anything made of wood, large or small.
Pipinas Copper and Bronze
Handmade metal objects and accessories.
The Stefana Collection - Worry Beads
Finely crafted, upscale worry beads for the fashion-minded collector. They also offer traditional wedding crowns.
Find out about the history of komboloi (worry beads), and order on-line from a big selection.
How to Tie a Greek Orthodox Prayer Rope
This is a different, hands-on approach to this Greek folk art. Photos, even a video.
Inspired by ancient Minoan art and by the beauty of the surrounding islands, this mosaic artist revivifies this tradition.
Make Red Eggs for Greek Easter
Bright red Easter eggs are an important symbol of Easter in the Greek Orthodox practice, and they are used to adorn special easter foods as well. They can be easily made using all natural dye made from onion skins and vinegar, and it's a fun way to explore a Greek folk art.