Chania Folklore Museum

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Location: Town
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In the heart of the Old Town, right next to the Catholic Church of Chania, you will find a small but cozy house hosting the Folklore Museum, which boasts a wide, organized collection of various traditional items representing how the locals lived during the 18th and 19th centuries.
The house is divided into different sections, including a kitchen, a bridal bedroom and a traditional living room, where betrothal ceremonies used to take place.

The Museum was founded in 1990 by Aspasia Bikaki and Irini Koumandraki, who traveled around the Cretan villages in order to gather several folklore exhibits such as embroideries, textiles, lace, handicrafts, and agricultural tools.

Thanks to the exhibits, visitors can witness the way people used to perform their daily agricultural tasks, which usually involved plowing, sowing, harvesting and threshing. There are also some big wax dolls dressed in traditional clothes, old cooking utensils and furniture, as well as machines for the processing of raw materials like silk or wool. In some of the embroideries, you can even see representations of people's daily life.

Another impressive feature of the Folklore Museum is a room that resembles a cellar, where pots for raki production are kept, along with representations of the treading of the grapes before the wine-making process.

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