Weaving is as old as mankind itself. In this workshop, visitors will learn the art and traditions of spinning and weaving in Crete, and then us the traditional loom to create their own weave.
Arolithos is a unique private Cretan village. It is a family business, run with great passion and love for Cretan tradition. Its goal is to present Cretan tradition, the customs and habits of the region and the architecture and values of Cretan people to visitors and preserve these for future generations.
Arolithos means “a rock’s hole gathering and conserving rainwater”. The village has taken that symbolic name because it encompasses and conserves the traditional ways and rural beauty of Crete. Through its wide range of activities, visitors can escape the present and travel back to the past.
Built on the slope of a mountain, amidst the wild Cretan landscape, the village is a feast for the eyes, evoking memories from the past and images of generations past and their way of living, while revealing the simplicity and beauty of old times to younger generations.
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Visitors will learn about the traditions of wool production, the spinning of yarn and thread and weaving it into fabrics, and will discover a variety of traditional fabric symbols and patterns. Then, they will take to the hand loom to weft and warp their own fabric in the time honoured ways of the past, and keep it as a souvenir.
The group is accompanied by an English speaking member of our personnel in traditional dress. Free entrance to the Arolithos Museum of Rural History and Popular art is included.