ARIADNE'S THREAD

€76.50

In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a monster with the body of a man and the head and tail of a bull, living in a huge maze known as the Labyrinth and feasting on cretan youth. He was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus with the assistance of Ariadne that gave him her thread to help him find his way out of the labyrinth.

The Ariadne’s Thread Gift Box contains:

✻Olive Wood Stamp

✻Traditional Woven Rucksack “Vourgia”

✻Cretan Scarf “Sariki” in Mini Woven Rucksack

✻Minotaur Head Miniature

✻Greek Lucky Eye Bracelet

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Ariadne’s Thread Gift Box:

✻Olive Wood Stamp

A handmade Greek themed olive wood mounted stamp and a quality ink pad in a box. It is well known that the greek culture has been inextricably linked to the olive tree for centuries. Ancient Grecians were using not only olive oil for its antioxidants but also the olive wood to create art and everyday utensils and other products for their homes, a tradition preserved until today.

✻Traditional Woven Rucksack “Vourgia”

Vourgia was a backpack carried by shepherds in rural Crete. Now it is part of the Cretan costume and is also used to put keepsakes in traditional ceremonies. 

✻Cretan Scarf “Sariki” 

The knitted black silk headscarf is called Saríki in the Cretan dialect. It is said that its long fringes attest to the number of years of Ottoman rule in Crete and also symbolize the mourning for the victims of the uprising against the Turks in Arkadi monastery in 1866.  The black Saríki emphasizes the masculinity and the pride of the wearer. In weddings, the white version of this headgear is expected to be worn on the shoulders of the groom, his close family male members as well as the koumbaroi (maid of honour and best man). The black headgear comes in a traditional woven mini-rucksack (vourgia).

✻Minotaur Head Miniature

Miniature of Minotaur’s head with gold coloured horns. Unable to find a suitable source of food, since he was neither man nor beast, Minotaur started to eat people. King Minos then commanded Daedalus and Icarus to build a grand Labyrinth to house his wife's son: Asterion or Minotaur. Half-man, half-bull, Minotaur was housed in the mythical maze of Knossos, feasting on cretan youth until his encounter with Theseus.

✻Greek lucky eye bracelet

In Greece there is a belief that Matiasma will cause misfortune or injury. Matiasma means “evil eye” in Greek, and is often shortened to mati which means “eye”. The classic Greek “lucky eye” symbol charm aims to ward off the effects of the Matiasma. Blue charms shaped like eyes worn on a necklace or a bracelet “reflect” the evil. The lucky eye is the most commonly talked about ancient tradition in the Greek Isles. Celebrate Greek culture with a Greek lucky eye bracelet in the blue and white colours of the Greek flag.

The Ariadne’s Thread Gift Box arrives in our keepsake Chic Greek Gifts blue box, ready to gift right out of the mail!

A handwritten gift message card is available too. Please add a note during your checkout with the message for your gift card.

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