Connecting People, Traditions & Generations

In 1991, the Folk Dance Festival Committee required that Costume Information forms be submitted a month prior to the Folk Dance Festival. These sheets describe important factors such as the costumes’ names, the region they originated from, how they were made, and the source of the information used in making the costumes.


Many costumes were homemade by the dancers, their mothers, and their grandmothers. The costumes above were worn by the Spartiates dancers from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose, CA. The women’s attire is a Bridal Costume from the Arcadia region. An authentic costume made by a grandmother was used as a template, and the girls and their mothers worked together to produce these costumes, each of which have their own unique embroidery. The men’s costumes are from the Thraki region and were originally from a Canadian seamstress. The mothers re-made parts of the costumes to make them more authentic.


The costumes worn by the Corinthians from St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim were also homemade. The girls’ costumes, Gidas from Macedonia, were sewed, dyed, and embroidered by the mothers of the team, who also put together the headdress and jewelry. The boys’ costume is the Foustanella, which was historically worn as a military outfit.


Among the winners of the 1991 FDF were the Patriotes of The Church of the Annunciation in Modesto. Made by the dancers’ parents, these costumes were modeled from an original costume from Chios. The dancers embroidered the sleeves.


Others, like the above costumes worn by the Ta Agapimena dancers from St. Basil Greek Orthodox Christian Church in Stockton, were ordered from costume makers. The women’s costume is called Kato Panagia and was known for being highly fashionable. The men’s costume is called a Tsolias. Both were made by Mrs. Grammatiki Andreou in Canada.