ABOUT

Hello and welcome to Avlea! I'm Krista West, founder and designer. After working for over 20 years as an ecclesiastical tailor for Greek Orthodox Churches, I wanted to bring some of the wonderful beauty of the Eastern Mediterranean textile tradition into the modern home.

 

On my many trips to Greece, I have been dazzled and delighted by the vast array of traditional folk embroidery, much of which is inspired by ancient Byzantine and Roman art and is seen virtually everywhere, from grand museums to tiny chapels to the humblest of homes. An avid embroiderer myself, I have spent years locating historical designs and materials and adapting them for the modern home as well as finding sources for affordable machine embroideries.

Traditional Mediterranean folk embroidery has a vibrant, authentic beauty. Most of the techniques can be learned in an afternoon and yet enjoyed for a lifetime. The word "avlea" in Greek means "courtyard" and the courtyard was the place where embroideries were worked by women as they took a break from their daily labors, finding refreshment in creating heirlooms for future generations and my hope is that a new generation will also be refreshed by these beautiful textiles.

I hope you enjoy your visit to the courtyard!

Krista

PS It's pronounced "Av-lee-ah" 

Hello and welcome to Avlea! I'm Krista West, founder and designer. After working for over 20 years as an ecclesiastical tailor for Greek Orthodox Churches, I wanted to bring some of the wonderful beauty of the Eastern Mediterranean textile tradition into the modern home.

 

On my many trips to Greece, I have been dazzled and delighted by the vast array of traditional folk embroidery, much of which is inspired by ancient Byzantine and Roman art and is seen virtually everywhere, from grand museums to tiny chapels to the humblest of homes. An avid embroiderer myself, I have spent years locating historical designs and materials and adapting them for the modern home as well as finding sources for affordable machine embroideries.

Traditional Mediterranean folk embroidery has a vibrant, authentic beauty. Most of the techniques can be learned in an afternoon and yet enjoyed for a lifetime. The word "avlea" in Greek means "courtyard" and the courtyard was the place where embroideries were worked by women as they took a break from their daily labors, finding refreshment in creating heirlooms for future generations and my hope is that a new generation will also be refreshed by these beautiful textiles.

I hope you enjoy your visit to the courtyard!

Krista

PS It's pronounced "Av-lee-ah" 

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