Audio Recording Interview with Mrs. Theodora Siakotos and Maria Lecas about embroidery, Palos Hills, Illinois

Interview with Mrs. Theodora Siakotos and Maria Lecas about embroidery, Palos Hills, Illinois

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Title
Interview with Mrs. Theodora Siakotos and Maria Lecas about embroidery, Palos Hills, Illinois
Contributor Names
Bartis, Peter, 1949- (Collector)
Lecas, Maria (Interviewee)
Siakotos, Theodora (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Palos Hills, Illinois, April 18, 1977
Subject Headings
-  Greek Americans
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  Illinois -- Palos Hills
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Mrs. Theodora Siakotos & Maria Lecas, part 1
-  Interview about embroidery with Theodora Siakotos and Maria Lecas at the home of Mrs. Siakotos in Palos Hills; topics include a general discussion of reasons for creating the craft, about buying patterns economically from Greece, motifs are free hand patterns; pointing out needlework in house, decorative; how embroidery is done, counting out on paper patterns; reasons for doing needlework; observation made that women work today and have less time for craft; discussion of items in house, George and Martha Washington pattern, the need to import traditional patterns; about Byzantine geometric patterns, recent popularity, transmission of patterns and technique; relationship of needlework to dowry, less important in U.S. than in Greece; about the friends who embroider; Mrs. Siaktotos’s observations on why people do needlework, liking pretty things, handmade things; discussion of cooking traditional foods; observations why her daughter doesn't embroider, role of husband; satin pillow cases in traditional woven pattern, displayed in house; discussion of monetary value placed on her needlework, she would not sell her work, if you know how to do it you wouldn’t do it; showing table cloths; Maria Lecas summarizing labor involved; discussion of the tradition, few of the younger generation are involved, due to television, etc.; about how men do weaving, women embroider and do more delicate fabric crafts, Maria Lecas says, “If women don't do it, it’s going to disappear”; discussion of Peter [Georganas?], a bouzouki player and friend of the Siakotos family; exchange with fieldworker about his plans for field visits; duration of this recording, 22 minutes.
Medium
audiocassette, C-60
Call Number/Physical Location
Call number: AFC 1981/004: AFS 20524a
MBRS Shelflist: RYA 0601
Field Project Identifier: CH77-T001-C
Source Collection
Chicago Ethnic Arts Project collection (AFC 1981/004)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afc1981004/afc1981004_afs20524a
Online Format
audio

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Chicago citation style:

Bartis, Peter, Maria Lecas, and Theodora Siakotos. Interview with Mrs. Theodora Siakotos and Maria Lecas about embroidery, Palos Hills, Illinois. Palos Hills, Illinois, 1977. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981004_afs20524a/.

APA citation style:

Bartis, P., Lecas, M. & Siakotos, T. (1977) Interview with Mrs. Theodora Siakotos and Maria Lecas about embroidery, Palos Hills, Illinois. Palos Hills, Illinois. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981004_afs20524a/.

MLA citation style:

Bartis, Peter, Maria Lecas, and Theodora Siakotos. Interview with Mrs. Theodora Siakotos and Maria Lecas about embroidery, Palos Hills, Illinois. Palos Hills, Illinois, 1977. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc1981004_afs20524a/>.

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