Traditional Greek handicrafts to get their own museum in Athens

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The Greek Ministry of Culture has announced traditional Greek handicrafts will be given their own museum.

A popular form of folk art in Greece, traditional Greek handicrafts are beautiful decorative and functional objects made mostly by hand.

In recent years their production has been declining and Greek Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni, said that by designating a museum to the craft the museum: “It can revive the traditional printing and dyeing technique, utilising modern artistic creation, industrial design and production.”

Handicrafts at the historical building of the printing and dyeing workshop “Hellenic Handkerchief Industry (BEM)”. Photo: Greek Ministry of Culture.

The new museum will be set up in the historical building, Hellenic Handkerchief Industry (BEM), in Metaxourgeio near the centre of Athens.

Mendoni said restoring BEM, which was built around 1900, will transform the historical place into a “versatile cultural centre.”

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