SEN Heritage Looms
The SEN Heritage Looms is the oldest hand weaving community of the nineteenth century that still survives in Greece, almost in its original form. It was founded in 1872 by a women’s society in Athens, as an effort to educate and train young girls, a radical undertaking by that time. A rich collection of the unique, hand woven textiles have decorated the Hellenic Palace, the House of Parliament, the Cathedral of Athens and were often awarded in world exhibitions. Following a recent innovation of the historical buildings, the SEN Heritage Looms is now open to the public and to educational visits with classes in historic weaving, spinning, dyeing, felting, fiber arts and various experimental archaeology projects. The SEN Heritage Looms is now conducted by the textile expert Sophia Tsourinaki, whose special area of study is the archaeology of textile production, with focus on combining theoretical analysis with practical knowledge garnered from handicraft processes.