THE PACKSADDLE

A LIVING TRADITION ON A GREEK MOUNTAIN VILLAGE

1984, Helen Fay Stamati
Greek, English and French edition

Download the english publication 'THE PACKSADDLE A LIVING TRADITION ON A GREEK MOUNTAIN VILLAGE' in pdf form  PACKSADDLE.pdf

Please note: The Greek edition is out of print. The book in English and French is only available at the Local Museum in Milies.

The presentation of the packsaddle is the result of a close collaboration between the author and the local craftsman, with the lens following closely each step, from the moment the packsaddler measures the mule or donkey to fashion the packsaddle, up to when the packsaddle gets the finishing touch.

Through a constant dialogue with the traditional packsaddler Vanghelis Katartzis, the text preserves the many secrets of this craft which is gradually being abandoned.

Master Vanghelis` love for mules and donkeys is obvious. His experience and dexterity, his patience and care for the quality of his work is apparent in every step. In cutting and assembling the spare parts of the wooden frame.

In cutting, sewing and filling the mattress, fitting it carefully within the wooden frame. His love for his work is even apparent as he adds beads and amulets to decorate each of his packsaddles. 

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As the reader follows the description, he discovers the infinite details needed to create a packsaddle that will fit  the animal and will not hurt or bruise it as it treads heavily loaded up and down the cobbled paths.

Exhibitions referring to the publication

With the packsaddle as the main point of interest, focusing on each and every detail, the exhibition was enhanced with exhibits of historical and folkloric interest in reference to Milies, in view of presenting the cultural heritage of the village to a wider public and an incentive for them to visit Milies.

Local craftsmen and housewives graciously responded offering objects on loan and a twelve-minute audiovisual presentation complemented the exhibition

The exhibition was presented in the city of Volos, at the Foreign Press Association in Athens, and  in Nafplion, under the auspices of the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation.

In 1984 the exhibition was hosted at the annexe of the Geneva Ethnographic Museum and at the Cultural Centre of Nicosia, Cyprus.

 
     
     
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