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The Historical Museum of AlexandroupolisAlexandroupolis in Haskovo, Bulgaria
The Historical Museum of Alexandroupolis, which was inaugurated on June 4, 2011, is located at the center of the city.
The ground floor is used for periodical exhibitions and various events of the Museum. At this level there is the administrative office.
The middle floor is used for the organization of events and speeches. At this floor is the permanent exhibition of the folklore collection of Eleni Filippidis. Through unique exhibits and representations, the life, activities, costumes and artworks of the Sarakatsan women of Thrace are presented in their particular nomadic life
The pre mentioned collection includes about 1500 textile objects used in the daily life of the Sarakatsans of Thrace and Eastern Romulia until the 1960s when the Sarakatsans settled permanently in areas of Thrace, abandoning nomadic life but not their main occupation of small animals breeding (sheep and goats). These items are male female and, children's clothing, hood, animal covers and accessories used as means of transport (tablets, sacks) adapted to the needs of nomadic life of the particular population but also for their professional occupations
All these items were made by the Sarakatsan women themselves. The technical excellence of handmade weavers, the fine execution of embroidery, the variety of designs and the harmony of knitwear fascinated Eleni Filippidis who collected material created exclusively by women of a long tradition.
Finally on the first floor of the building there is the permanent exhibition with the history of Alexandroupolis. Includes thematic sections of the archaeological sites and findings of the area, the creation of the city and its relation to the railway and the port, its urban and architectural character, its economic and political course, its intellectual and social life, as well as a section on the population groups that made up it.
The exhibition includes photographic compositions and visual material, with interactive audiovisual media and projections, as well as collections of documents and relics from donations of archival material to collectors and national and local actors (Historical Museum of Athens, Benaki Museum, Archaeological Museum of Komotini - MIET etc.)