Cyclades Silk Scarves 2019 Collection draws its inspiration from ancient Greek art, nature and Mythology to create timeless luxury silk scarves and fashion accessories that have a mythical character.
Geometrical shapes, human figures, ancient gods and elements from Greek history are transformed into wearable art pieces. This creates a blend of luxury and elegance that promotes the beauty and creativity of the Greek heritage.
Cyclades Silk Scarf Midas Greige is inspired by the royal house of Phrygia and the famous king Midas who was known for his ‘golden touch’. According to Aristotle, legend held that Midas died of starvation as a result of his ‘vain prayer’ for the gold touch.
Cyclades Silk Scarf Lucky Horses is inspired by Pegasus, one of the most recognised creatures in Greek mythology. Pegasus is a famous pterippus, a mythical winged divine stallion, symbolising wisdom, fame and poetry. It became the subject of a very rich iconography, especially throughout ancient Greek pottery and paintings and sculptures of the Renaissance.
Cyclades Silk Scarf Persephone is inspired by one of the oldest of all Greek myths, the myth of Persephone and Ades. Her story is a personification of some of the most universal concepts about the circle of life. As the Goddess of Springtime and Rebirth, she is eternally connected to the cycles of the earth, which lies barren in her absence to the underworld with Ades and bloom again each spring with her return on earth’s surface.
Cyclades Silk Scarf Santorini is inspired by the frescoes of Akrotiri on Santorini Island. Minoan Lady fresco from the House of the Ladies is dated back to c. 17th century BCE, depicts women wearing typical Minoan dress, showing woman’s status in society.
Cyclades Silk Square Scarf Medusa is inspired by the Medusa who according to Mythology she had snakes instead of hair. She was originally a golden-haired, fair maiden, who, as a priestess of Athena, was devoted to a life of celibacy; however, after being wooed by Poseidon and falling for him, she forgot her vows and married him. For this offence, the enraged Goddess Athena transformed Medusa’s beautiful hair to serpents and made her face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone.
Cyclades Silk Scarf Jungle Blue is inspired by nature and ancient Greek arts. The process for each scarf design begins with drawings, illustrations and experiments in color and composition that will lead to the finished design. Cyclades scarves are printed on high quality silk twill and are hand rolled. Every piece is designed in London by artist Leto Lama and produced in Italy to the highest standards, offering a luxury finish of mythical and timeless Greek design.
Leto Lama is a third generation artist and designer who is based in London. Born in Greece, Leto grew up immersed in the art of her family; she started studying at the age of 5 under the supervision of artists Gianna Persaki and Eva Persaki. She now exhibits her works internationally, her paintings can be found in private collections in Europe and Asia. The passion she has for fashion, design and art acted as a foundation to launch the Cyclades brand.