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Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation

Argolid with over 10.000 inhabitants supports its economy mainly through the primary and tertiary sectors while the secondary sector is of minor importance. In the industrial textile production there used to be a number of textile factories until the early decades of the 1980’s and in the Ermionide region the “Macedonian Spinning factory” until the mid 1990’s. Today there is only one home industry in the Nea Kios region which produces medical garments, overalls and some home industries which deal with the production of special clothing as underwear, bridal wear etc. The Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation (PFF), founded in 1974 by Ioanna Papantoniou in memory of her father Vasilios Papantoniou, is a nonprofit institution based in Nafplion. It is run by a governing body of seven and aims at the research, preservation, study and presentation of the material culture of the Peloponnese as well as of the whole of Greece. It is housed in the residence of Papantoniou, which was converted into a museum in 1981 and renovated in 1999. In 1970-1980 a research project, aiming to the documentation and study of folk culture, music and dance, preindustrial technology and children game, was run over the whole of Greece. The results of this research became the main body of the publishing activities of the Foundation, that include the special scientific journal “Ethnographica”, which numbers today 13 volumes, and the journal “Endymatologica”, published in 3 volumes. In October 1989, the PFF founded “Stathmos”, the first Greek childhood museum, housed in the engine-shed of the Nafplion railway station. In the same year the Greek National Traditional Costume Archives were assigned to the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, in addition Ioanna Papantoniou has recently founded the Greek Costume Society as an extension of this Archive, aiming to create a Costume Culture Museum in Greece. The foundation’s collections now number over 27,000 artifacts, covering all the branches of study relating to modern Greek culture.

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