A single, large, hand-made blanket from Crete. The blanket consists of zig-zag patterns of alternating colors, consisting of red, orange, black, pink, yellow, red, and green.
The ends of the blanks, on opposite edges, are lined with green, red, and black tassels. The tassels alternate colors ever three.
The blanket appears to be sewn together from three small pieces.
Donor's mother and father (Marianthe & Nick Tzakis) were born in Cephalonia, Crete. Donor's father left Cephalonia for Odessa, Russia where he was a purveyor of meats for export to various restaurants. During the Russian Revolution, shorty after WWI, he immigrated to the US.
Donor's mother arrived in the US in 1922 from Cephalonia without a job. She married Donor's father upon arrival and had three children, including ther Donor.
This particular blanket was made by donor husband's great grandmother, Anastasakis, in Crete, sometime in the 1890s. It is remarkable due to the use of vibrant, almost neon colors. Traditional Greek blankets generally tend to use more subtle, subdued colors.
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Blanket, 1890s, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/8813. Accessed 01/15/21.