Child's white cotton fustanella skirt. Part of evzones costume. Skirt does not have a means of closing--there is no clasp. Skirt has creases from where it has been folded. The skirt is made up of a long vertical panel to which triangular panels have been attached and sewn together to create the fanned effect when worn.
Evzones refers to the members of the Presidential Guard an elite ceremonial unit that guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Presidential Mansion and the gate of Evzones camp in Athens.
Though the Presidential Guard is a predominantly ceremonial unit, all Evzones are volunteers drawn from the Hellenic Army's Infantry, Artillery and Armoured Corps. Prospective Evzones are usually identified at the Army Recruit Training Centres during Basic Training; there is a minimum height requirement of 1.86 m (6' 1.2") to join.
The unit is famous around the world for its unique traditional uniform, which has evolved from the clothes worn by the klephts who fought the Ottoman occupation of Greece. The most visible item of this uniform is the fustanella, a kilt-like garment. Their proven valour and peculiar dress turned them into a popular image for the Greek soldier, especially among foreigners.
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Skirt, Georgia Kotsiopoulos Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/6129. Accessed 11/24/20.