As part of the Greek Festival of Sydney the Hellenic Lyceum held a Greek National Costume display at the rear of the Hellenic House Building during March and April. The committee displayed costumes specific to all main parts of Greece. A call went out to locate and original Castellorizian Costume to add to the display. With a very generous spirit, Betty Theodore one of our past committee members immediately agreed to permit her Mother’s Cassie stoli to be offered for display. Betty’s Mother brought the costume from Castellorizo on her departure from the island in the 1930’s.The extra mannequin was quickly located by another one of our committee, thank you Karen Delis and Betty herself ensured that the mannequin was dressed in the Cassie stoli the appropriate way in order for it to be displayed correctly. Betty was also willing to display her mother’s four boucles, which as all Cassies know are rare and valuable.
A thank you to Theodora Zourkas the curator of the exhibition who ensured the stoli was well looked after. And if you display it they will come. Cassie ladies, and school children from Randwick Girls High and St Spyridon High School have been some of the groups that have visited our Cassie lady on display. And when speaking to the curator I was told that the Cassie stoli was the one that drew most attention. No bias of course. So our Cassie heritage has been proudly displayed in Sydney with thanks to all who were part of the process. If only Betty”s Mother knew how special her efforts were to transport this beautiful piece of history for us to all enjoy.
By Victoria Kazaglis Gallagher