Handloom Weaving Tradition in Moni Village – in the heart of Naxos where Heritage and Tradition is still alive.
Your visit in Naxos cannot be considered complete without a visit to the outstanding local art that is passed on through generations. The art of hand loom weaving is one tradition that stands out for its beauty, rare craftsmanship, and functionality. From ancient times the women in Naxos have been exceptionally skilled at the art of loom.
ELaiolithos is situated 1 km just before the village of Moni; a historic village full of tradition with architecture featuring narrow paths and stone houses with traditional earthy colors and a history for impressive handcrafted creations.
This village strongly keeps and promotes Naxian tradition to present day due to its very rich and diverse weaving tradition. Loom is an art that women have kept in place, thanks to the strong sense of heritage and tradition in Moni village. Here you will have the opportunity to discover the delights and soulful creations of the women of Moni. You’ll be surprised how the handiwork can touch your soul.
Since the old days, the women of Moni weave all kinds of garments and things for the house. They have many workshops and exhibitions displaying their handmade textiles which are created with their traditional hand looms. A hand loom is a wooden machine used in Greece since Homer’s era for weaving fabrics. Even young women in the village have taken up the tradition and are actively supported by the Moni Weavers Association. Moni has some 200 permanent residents and nearly all households have at least one loom (krevataria in the local dialect) nowadays.
By entering the Moni Weavers Association place, you will experience the passage in time, from the ancient and the traditional to the modern. You can find and purchase impressive handmade creations such as monochrome or multi-color flushes, impressive and eloquent patterns for curtains, table cloths & runners, wallets, handbags, coasters, scarves, place mats, aprons, living room table decorations, and much more. All which give great emphasis to the colors blue and red which are traditional Naxian colors, and blue and white, which are traditional Cycladic colors and the colors of the Greek sky. Cotton and silk fabric predominates this weaving tradition, though wool is also used for weaving items such as blankets.
The creation of these hand woven loom textiles is a unique art that leaves people amazed. This art requires love for the creation and needs great patience and focus. It is an art that is revealed little by little onto the loom as designs suddenly emerge.
Cotton is the queen of textiles because of its simplicity and durability. Its combination with silk leads to the creation of a myriad of traditional “yfada” weaving styles, with each one lending its unique flavor to Moni and to Naxian tradition. These textile creations can lie joyfully and imposingly on a bed, chest, sofa, armchair, table, or window, where they give an air of nobility as they mingle with the sunlight.
One can find also different types of hand looms and a great variety of these textiles in the village of Chalkio, where a few women from Moni have their workshops-exhibitions there.
ELaiolithos supports this weaving tradition that possesses high aesthetics and adds a distinct local character and beauty to its rooms. These “yfada” reflect the impeccable beauty of Naxos in a local traditional symphony of colors. Weaved in different styles, they lure visitors with their outstanding beauty and authentic awe-inspiring character. All sofas, bedcovers, and chairs in ELaiolithos are either decorated or adorned with these traditional hand woven textiles that encapsulate the invaluable essence of Naxos’ tradition.
ELaiolithos’ mission is to travel the visitor to the culture and tradition of Naxos’s hinterland.