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SIFNOS WORTH SEEING FOLKLORE MUSEUM

FOLKLORE MUSEUM
In the main square of Apollonia is the war memorial (Iroon) and the Sifnos Folklore Museum which has been opened since 1974. In this museum are some exhibits that bear living witness to the high level of Sifnian folk art and cultural heritage. Inside, to the left of the entrance and up a small stairway, is a hall in which a variety of items are exhibited, including guns and swords belonging to Sifnian fighters, booty from battles, nautical instruments, handmade tools from assorted occupations such as a goldsmiths bellows, a one-cylinder steam engine, a wood lathe, and others. Hanging on the wall are pages from the newspaper Sifnos, which has been published continuously from 1880 up to the present. There is also a list of Sifnian patriarchs and archbishops up to 1923 and busts of famous Sifnians such as N. Chrysoyelos, Apostolis Makrakis, and others. In the second hall to the right and in the intermediate corridor, stones are displayed from the acropolis of Ayios Andreas, an earthenware cauldron lid, a Sifnian foot-powered potter wheel, a barrel, a kopanos or skourlos (mallet for breaking up potter clay) and various other potters tools. One can also see objects such as a brazier for warming a room, a clay soup pot, a vase with nozzle, a cooking pot (tsikalij, various earthenware containers, plates, terracotta stamnes (pitchers), a basket for collecting olives, a wooden loom tool, various pottery food platters (one bearing a painted image of King George II and dated 1936), earthenware oil jars, pitchers and cooking pots.

Likewise on display are a carved wooden trunk, a handmade wooden hobbyhorse, accessories from a Sifnian loom, the base of a scale with hollows for pans, face towels of Sifnian textiles, head kerchiefs, wooden distaffs, wooden coffee mill, loom implements and various other functional utensils. In the first hall are the vestments of Metropolitan Polycarp Synodinos of Messinia, the outfit of a Sifnian elder made of loom-woven fabric, a copy of a Sifnian woman costume, various handmade items and articles of clothing such as an embroidered tablecloth, men and women clothing (19th century), knitted socks (tsourapiaj, lace neckwear, Sifnian bobbin lace, lace-trimmed pillowcase, bridal cushion cover from 1904, woven blankets and carpets, shawls, a bridal outfit, embroidered combcase, etc. And finally there is a wooden display case in which you can find copies of various Sifnian newspapers, and above all a collection of books by Sifnian authors that have been published up to the present time. Sifnian folklorist Antonios Troullos made a significant contribution to ensuring that the exhibition is as complete as possible and that the space is utilised in the most efficient way.
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