Quilt No.802MP - Maria Politis

Maria Politis
Owner: 
Maria Politis
Location: 
ACT
Maker
Maker: 
Unknown
Made in
GREECE Lefkada
Date: 
1941 - 1970
Description: 
Wholecloth quilt made of deep cherry red satin with backing of sky blue satin. The padding is cotton wadding. It is hand quilted and the pattern is an all over one of four leafed clovers with a border of crescent shapes within straight parallel lines.
2000 x 1700mm
History: 

The quilt was made on the Greek island of Lefkada in 1965 by a quiltmaker whose name is not known. It was ordered by Evangelea Politis as a gift for her daughter-in-law in Australia. It is not used now.

Story: 

"Maria's Paploma
This lovely satin quilt originated in Lefkada, one of the beautiful Ionian islands on the western side of Greece. In 1965, Evangelea Politis, had it specially made as a gift for her daughter-in-law Maria, in faraway Australia.
Almost directly in line with Lefkada, on the eastern side of Greece, is the island of Mytilini (Lesvos) and the village of Aghia Paraskevi, which Maria Politis left in 1960, to join her brother Andoni who had come to Australia three years earlier. There were five children in Maria's family, growing up during the 'pinna' (hunger or famine), the time of the WW2 German occupation. These were times of great hardship and starvation, and families all over Greece were struggling to survive. Maria's father, Costas Mimelli, planted tobacco, a longtime staple crop in Greece. Maria remembers, as a nine-year old, working in the fields with her sister Eleni. She worked with her father for many years before migrating to Australia.
Maria met and married her husband Aleko in Broken Hill, NSW, where they had several good friends who had also come from Mytilini. After a few years they moved to Canberra where they worked hard and gave their children Theodoros and Raylene, a good education. Maria, a widow now for many years is grateful for her supportive, close-knit family. Her 'paploma', still in its original, excellent, condition remains as a symbol of a life interwoven with sadness as well as happiness."
[Written by Lula Saunders: adapted from interview 10.1.01 for the National Quilt Register]

Maria Politis, 2001
Maria Politis, 2001
Maria Politis' family home Aghia Paraskevi, 1986
Maria Politis' family home Aghia Paraskevi, 1986
Aghia Paraskevi, Mytilini, 1986
Aghia Paraskevi, Mytilini, 1986
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