Progressive Union of Xanthi (FEX)
The Progressive Association of Xanthi (Filoproodi Enosi Xanthis, FEX), is a historic cultural association which has been closely connected to the history of the town. Founded in 1952 by the people of Xanthi, it comprises a network that respects, rescues and promotes local culture and tradition. The active participation of citizens initiated a bottom-up process which gave birth to a unique community that is run by both volunteers and professionals. Being present in the local cultural scene for over seventy years, indicative results of this community’s work are the creation of libraries, the function of cultural and educational workshops and the establishment of the Folk Museum of Xanthi. Today, over 900 people, members of FEX, are engaged, either implicitly or explicitly, in the intangible cultural heritage and art of our region. The museum has a collection of over 2000 textile-items including objects such as flags, aprons, peasants’ bags, haversacks, waistcoats, kilted skirts woven textiles and women dresses, of different patterns, colors, sizes and textiles form this unique mosaic of Balkan traditional clothes, all coexisting in one small geographical area like ours.