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Weaving is one of the oldest techniques. The primitive tribes knitted branches or reeds to make baskets, bridges or roofs. Later they started spinning plant fibers and weave them into textiles. Around 1500 BC in Crete they processed and wove also wool.

According to a Greek myth, a mortal young woman by the name of Arachne (spider in Greek), who was known for her art in weaving, challenged everyone, boasting that she could weave better than the goddess Athena. The goddess transformed herself into an old woman and invited her to a contest. The goddess Athena could not find any flaw in Arachne’s work and very angry but mainly blinded by her envy, turned the young woman int an insect, a spider (Arachne in Greek) and cursed her to remain always hanging while working on her web.

Marina learned to weave when she saw that life was taking her to Rovies. She followed courses in Athens and in 1984 she acquired her first loom. A horizontal, wooden traditional loom with two shafts constructed by Mr. Xagoraris.

She has woven thin material and kilims.

She is now weaving rug rags offering a second life to old garments and material, plus to the used sheets and towels of "eleonas hotel".

One of my happiest memories

I have saved just enough of you delicious olives to share with my family on Christmas day and I will be thinking of you and beautiful Evia. My all too short stay in your superb hotel is one of my happiest memories,everything was perfect especially the host and hostess!!! Greece is not having an easy time,the whole world seams in a mess but somehow we get by. I enjoy your updates and admire your enterprise and hope all your efforts are well rewarded! Barbara J