Folklore Museum of the Aristotle Association

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Outside view of the Aristotle Association

The Aristotle Association was founded in Florina in 1941 and contributes in various ways to the town’'s cultural life. In 1958, some of the members began to collect artefacts of local folk culture (from the Prespa villages and the Florina plain) in the old prison building. In 1987, the folklore collection, which was still growing, was transferred to the Aristotle Association’'s new premises in the city centre and is now a museum.

The exhibits are displayed in thematic groups. For instance, there is ‘clothing, with the traditional costumes of refugee women from Eastern Rumelia and Northern Epirus, from the villages of Kato Kleines and Flambouro respectively, and many local costumes for young and older people; weaving, with looms, distaffs, spindles, and so on; ‘agricultural occupations’, with tools for ploughing, winnowing, repairing, and so on; ‘household utensils’, with saucepans, long-handled coffee-pots, covered casserole dishes; and ‘reception rooms’.

There are also tools and examples of occupations that were once very important in the Florina area, such as shoemaking, saddlery, and photography. Of particular note are the examples of wax-weaving, a craft of Byzantine origin that started to flourish in Florina when the refugees from Monastir arrived and continues to the present day.

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