I thought I discovered my city and its people, as soon as I visited "Agnithes". I live so long in Nafplio and I had never noticed this particular place of art!
In front of you, an old desk full of neckties (handmade please, hand sewn) a riot of color and even more enchanting with their reflection on the old mirror, that is directly behind. Beside them, nicely folded scarves in various colors and over the dolls, you see necklaces, hats, scarves, mufflers. Continuing your visual journey in various corners of the shop, jewelry, bracelets and earrings will stand out impressively. In the center of the shop the perpetrator of all loom-weights: the loom. Have you ever seen one? More of a purple, blue, silver and black cloth, which still does not know what form it will come up having. Threads, silk, hanks of wool, cotton, textiles, floor colorful bobbins leaning everywhere, on and around the loom, ready to become part of one of the creatures.
Maria from Agnithes
Discussing with Maria, the owner of Agnithes, is very pleasant. She came in Nafplio in 1996, because he wanted to give quality to her life and created the workshop of the textile. No, she does not follow a plan. Each time depending on what she wants to create, she starts and loom up her ideas.
"I would like to show my work to children, to continue the endless art of the textile" she confides to me.
Original crafts by Greek artists
In this special shop, you will find creations by Greek designers and manufacturers. Maria is interested in handmade arts and gives the opportunity to young artists to exhibit their work. You can find also bags from real leather, designed by the Greek designer Maria Alifieri.
Worth to see
The loom that you can see in Agnithes is the only one in Nafplio and one of a few that exist in Greece.
Did you know that?
If you are interested in any special craft, say it to Maria and your wish will come true. Agnithes is proposed in many American and European tourist guides. Featured e-shop and shop (www.gonidou.gr), accepting orders in ties or scarves for business gifts at wholesale prices.
"Angithes" -or leas- were clay, stone, or leaden loom pyramid weights, which were used for stretching the warp.
Note, that the shop has just moved (end of May 2022), from the 10th, Athanassiou Siokou street to No.1, Koletti and Vassileos Alexandrou streets, now having more space and high aesthetics, as also a richer interior!
All the year
October - April: Shops hours
May - September: 09:30-23:00