piątek, 15 lipca 2016

THE FOOTWEAR IN ANCIENT GREECE*


Who is having the knowledge and mastering technique to make leather shoes, for many centuries? Observing and contemplating sculptures and painting from ancient Greece, we can easily draw a picture about their life, habits and as well – clothing and footwear.

The variety of ancient footwear reveals the technical knowledge, which the shoemakers obviously had. The raw material, which was used for the production of ancient shoes, was mainly the genuine leather.

The most common shoes were the classical sandals, made of the sole with attached stripes in the leg, as well as the footwear that covered the leg up to the ankle and the boots that covered the leg up to the calf.



More analytically, the shoes of the ancient Greeks were the following:
  • the knimides, made of fabric, leather or metal
  • the "closed" footwears
  • the boots, the so called endromides or emvades
  • the perimiria that covered the thighs of the warriors
  • the sandals
  • the cothornoi
  • the kripides
In general, ancient Greeks wore closed footwear very seldom. They preferred the sandals, which protected their feet from the ground and keep them clean. Sandals were also the most usual type of footwear worn by women, which passed their time inside the house. Greek sandals differed from the ancient Egyptians, as for that the Greek put a lot of stripes to fix the sandal safely at their leg. 


Rich people were leather sandals, while poor wore those with the wooden soles. The upper part of the sandals was usually made of a leather from a goat, sometimes died in some color. Soles made of cattle leather were particularly better quality and was created from many layers. Ancient sources report that rich citizens, as Alcibiades and Jphicrates created fashion with their sandals (sic!).

The kripis was an intermediary type of shoes, something between sandal and the closed footwear, which did not cover the leg thoroughly and was constructed of belts that went up to the leg. It was considered a relatively "coarse" footwear. It was mainly worn by the soldiers, the hunters and the wayfarers, often above the socks.

The nowadays very popular cothornos, in ancient Geece was the model chosen by both  - women and the men. This kind of shoes were also used in ancient theatres, by the actors performing tragedy. It was considered as the footwear that was discovered by Aeschylus, to increase of the height of Gods in the theatrical performances, because of its high sole.

Endromis or emvas was boots, which were mainly worn in hunting or by horsemen, open in the two sides, fastened with belts ( today used by the rides, model known as a chapsJ) Horsemen often wore a boots with the upper part turned inside out. It was probably invented in Thrace.

Other footwear were the blaution that was proper for the most official occasion, like the dinners. The simple shoe, karabatine, was made by rugged leather wrapped round the leg, mainly by poor people and farmers. The baucis was an elegant woman's shoe.

As for the value of footwear, Lysias reports that the eight mnes was an excessive amount of money for the clothes, the shoes, the bathing and the haircut of two small boys and a girl. Aristophanes considers 8 drachmas a lot of money for a pair of sandals.


*source: ANCIENT GREEK TECHNOLOGY
http://www.tmth.edu.gr/aet/index.html


wtorek, 31 maja 2016

Ippomare travels to Aegina Island

Summer is just around the corner and nice, hot weekends are ahead of us. We can spend them in variety of ways. For example,  if you are in Athens, after visiting obligatory (sic!) Parthenon and museums, and you would like to escape from the crowded city, we have a great idea for you!


Aegina, just an hour by ferry from Piraeus port, is a great destination, where you will find refreshing ambiance, great seafood taverns, beautiful beaches, cafes, nightlife, archaeological sites and everything you would expect to find on a Greek island. According to the mythology, the father of Olympian Gods, Zeus has felt in love with Aegina, who was a beautiful nymph and took her on the island, that by nowadays bears her name. 

Inspired by the stories we had heard about this island, we decided to check and Ippomare has traveled to Aegina!


                                                   On our way we had some company! :)


On the harbor, you will see in a row, beautiful neoclassical houses around the bay, creating lovely impression :)The waterfront is lined by fish taverns, restaurants, gift shops selling pistachio nuts, the traditional product of Aegina.


Although this area is usually busy, a street or two behind, the town reveals itself as a calm and quiet place surrounded by low hills and blue sea. 



At the port, close to the ferry quay, horse carriages offer visitors a romantic ride
around the town.

Aegina is a great place for sightseeing, as the long history of the island is well reflected in the ancient monuments. In the 5th century BC, Aegina emerged as a great naval power and a serious threat to Athens, the most powerful city-state that time. Culture flourished in Aegina along with the economy and many temples were built. Among them, the temple of Apollo close to the modern port, of which unfortunately only a column survives today. This temple is widely known as Kolona and can be visited on foot from the port.
However, the most famous and interesting ancient monument of Aegina is the temple of Aphaea, situated in the centre of the island.


This used to be among the most important religious centers in ancient Greece and in fact, scientists have noticed that the temple of Aphaia, the Acropolis of Athens and the temple of Poseidon in Sounion geographically form an isosceles triangle.


After visiting Apfea Temple, we had some rest in a nearby coffee shop, where you can drink refreshing frappe or strong Greek coffee, admiring the view of island.





Ippomare choice for the day on Aegina: Helios bracelet & Andromeda sandals.





It was the first time Ippomare went to Aegina, but hopefully not last! 

Soon we will return there, so stay tuned!



wtorek, 1 marca 2016

Happy International Women’s Day!



International Women’s Day is perceived by some as a communist holiday, others are happy to celebrate it. Yet, it’s always a good reason to show women who you consider important to you that you care. As the holiday itself is symbolic, it’s a good idea to gift them with something tiny but meaningful.



Now you’re probably thinking what it could be. How about something that would underline natural beauty and style? Definitely, a good idea will be to go for jewellery. But not a regular one. Pick a piece made from natural materials such as leather. It’ll look unpretentious and perfectly complement everyday look.   



You can search for your favourite model at Ippomare.com. You’ll find there a brand new line of beautiful and handcrafted jewellery. Each piece will let a woman express herself and provide her with unbelievable comfort. As the jewellery is very subtle, it can be worn the whole time and help create an original and natural look. Interested? Check it out at Ippomare.com.


sobota, 6 lutego 2016

Time to bring back summer!


Beginning of February can be perceived as the bluest moment of the year. Most of Europe is cover with snow and ice and as we get cold all the time, we keep dreaming of hot sun, blue waves and carefree time. But why not to make the dream come true and escape from winter to celebrate nice weather in one of a few warm places?

If you decide to organize a spontaneous trip (why not to go for a last minute option that can be really budget-friendly?), you can still enjoy the sun and spend unforgettable time that will bring back memories from summer. You will enjoy the fact that you won’t have to cover yourself with anoraks, winter shoes and hats anymore (at least for a while!). Instead, you will have a plea to take out from your closet your favourite breezy dresses, denim shorts and leather jackets.


Also don’t forget to pack into your suitcase accessories that will emphasise your unique style. What to take with you? Definitely, a good choice will be to take your favourite sunglasses, canvas bag and flat leather Ippomare sandals. This is a perfect mix for girls who want to look feminine and stylish, yet casual at the same time. So are you ready for short holidays?