Visits to the folkloric and the municipal museums in ioannina

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On January 18th the A’ grade students of our school visited both the folkloric and the municipal museums in the city of Ioannina aiming to information collection concerning the objects of the Epirotic folkloric civilization. Those objects are: household supplies, traditional costumes, silver and gold craftsmanship, agricultural tools etc.


Exterior aspects of the museum

The Municipal Museum is housed in the former Aslan Mosque inside the city’s castle. It was built in 1618 by Aslan pasha after the unsuccessful rebellion of Dionysus the Philosopher in 1611.

There are some other constructions around the mosque which all together make a complex of Muslim buildings.

The exhibits have been separated into three sections according to their origin in: Greek, Jewish and Turkish.

In a showroom dedicated to the Greek community one can see local traditional costumes.
Also, weapons of the 18th and 19th century are exhibited in the museum.

  • Battery weapons

  • Swords, knives, daggers

  • Weapon components

All the exhibits in the museum refer to the era when the three communities (Greek, Jewish and Turkish) of the city co-existed.

Showrooms from the interior of the museum

The traditional costumes we saw inside the museum are the following:

  • Costume worn by the wealthy people of the city consisting of a silk shirt, a velvet dress, an overcoat embroidered with gold, a cloth belt with a buckle, a fez.

  • Costume from the area of Souli consisting of cotton, white shirt, an apron, socks, and a buckle.

  • Costume from the area of Pogoni with a white, cotton shirt, an apron, a head-scarf and jewellery.

  • Sarakatsana costume with a cape, a skirt or a dress, special traditional socks, a headscarf and a buckle.

  • Costume from the area of Zagori with a silk shirt, a black dress with a colorful broidery, an overcoat and jewellery.

Costumes from Zagori A woman from Souli


The museum has been working since October 1987. It was built about 1800-1808 and it belonged to Arife or Raze and Safie, the widow and daughter respectively of Ahmet Musli. Before the liberation of the city it was used as a Turkish Primary school. In the past this building was used to house the Ioannina School (1913- 1936), the teachers’ college (1934-1938 and 1941-1944), the boys’ school and a technical school.

The museum’s exhibits include objects of the Epirotic folkloric civilisation of the 19th and 20th centuries. The objects that can be found in there are : a) male and female traditional costumes, b) embroidery and weaving works, c) pottery works, d) silver and gold craftsmanship works, e) stone and wood carving works, f) domestic pots and pans, g) agricultural tools etc.

The traditional costumes we saw inside the museum are the following:

  • Sarakatsana costume

  • Costume from Kalarrytes

  • Costume from Vovousa

  • Costume from Syrrako

  • Costume from Anthohori

  • Costume from Pogoni

  • Costume from Drompoli

  • Costume from Souli

  • Costume from Konitsa

  • Costume from Parga

  • Bourazana

We also saw some additional elements which accompany the costumes like: many kinds of overcoats, waistcoats, aprons etc.

Traditional costumes from the area of Vovousa

Traditional costumes of Sarakatsana woman

Traditional costume from Konitsa Traditional costume from Epirus

Costume from the city of Ioannina An overcoat from the area of Zagori

Female woolen peasant overcoat Female sleeveless overcoat

A waistcoat An apron

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