Local workshops, groups of craftsmen


And while the creation of fabrics is the exclusive toil and privilege of women, sewing is the work of professionals. The development of sewing was connected to the large and continuous migration from the 16th to the 19th century. The social group of tailors flourished in the 18th and 19th century and was the type of traveling industrial production.
For fabrics such as sagiaki, ampades, broutzes workshops were founded called abatzidika. Most fabrics however were made in the villages on behalf of the cape makers. They were received in the cities by the isnafides who did the processing themselves, making the finish in their workshops. With the appropriate processing they sometimes did the bleaching, on others they cut or burned off the hairs, others dyed them, and all were ironed in order to appear like thick felt. This produced the best ampades which were exported around the world.
Throughout the entire prefecture of Ioannina the processing of wool is done in the same manner and using the same procedures. The same occurs with woven articles. Therefore one cannot distinguish local workshops based on technique or processing. In the case of woven portions of clothing the discernment is easier as the uniforms are themselves carriers of the identity of the creator.

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