Blog 62 18/12/2017 Ancient Greece: The Golden Age of the Banquet.

Ancient Greece: The Golden Age of the Banquet. As it’s that time of year when we splash out on food and entertaining, usually to later regret our excesses, I thought I would look at feasting in ancient Greece and the golden age of the banquet which had its beginnings in the 5th c B.C. After […]

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Blog 60 07/11/2017 The Changing Face of Fashion in the Third Reich.

The Changing Face of Fashion in the Third Reich. When Hitler came to power in 1933, one would think he had more than enough to think about without turning his attention to the German fashion industry. But then we should think again; his involvement in controlling everyone’s daily life meant that it was inevitable he […]

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Blog 59 30/10/2017 Ottoman Embroidery: The Barber’s Apron

Ottoman Embroidery: The Barber’s Apron Ceremony and ritual were extremely important in Ottoman life and can be divided into two areas. The first were ceremonies associated with religious observances such as Ramadan culminating with the Feast of Bayram, and military ceremonies which displayed the Empire’s power and might. The second category includes the many rituals […]

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Blog 58 12/10/2017 Ottoman Women and their Patronage of the Arts.

 Ottoman Women and their Patronage of the Arts. The Ottoman Empire spanned over six centuries (1281-1924) and reached its peak during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent (1520-1566). During this period the general concensus in the west about women in the empire, particularly Moslem women, is that they were subserviant creatures who were not allowed […]

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Blog 57 06/10/2017 “From Epirus to the Antipodes: Multicultural foundation through artefacts.”

“From Epirus to the Antipodes: Multicultural foundation through artefacts.” It is not often I find someone who shares the same level of enthusiasm for Greek/Ottoman textiles, history and art as my guest today.  Dean Kalimniou is a Melbourne -based solicitor, author and freelance journalist who writes a weekly column called Diatribe for the Greek newspaper, […]

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