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Motifs and Symmetry Characteristics of the Ornamentation on Traditional Greek Woven Textiles from the Area of the Aegeantion

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This paper presents an analysis of woven ornamentation of traditional Greek textiles from the area of the Aegean. The aim of this research is to explore the relationship between woven ornamentation and the technology used for its construction. Ornament forming on woven structures is specific because of the influence and restrictions that weave technology imposes on the aesthetic result of the artifacts produced. In this study, a group of traditional hand–woven fabrics from the Aegean area was digitally recorded. The decoration and motifs of these textiles /were analysed using the international classification and notation system created by H. J. Woods and M. A. Hann, taking into account the limitations that exist in the case of woven ornaments. This methodology enables the classification of woven ornaments into categories, making possible the comparison of ornament ‘types’ with the weave techniques used. Results of the symmetry analysis of these textiles are presented in this paper and lead to some conclusions that show that technology plays a determinant role in the appearance of woven ornaments.

Tags: woven ornament, weave technology, hand-weaving, symmetry group, motif, traditional Aegean weaving.

Published in issue no 3 (68) / 2008, pages 74–78.

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