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Pumpkin Decoration in Tala

During older times, pumpkins were used as vessels for the keeping and carriage of water, wine, and oil.
To make them more resistant, they would smear them with terebinth tar (turpentine). Then they would begin to decorate them with various representations from that era. The whole procedure for the decoration of the pumpkins was called “ploumisma”.

Today the decoration of the pumpkins is done with the pyrographer; various representations of animals, birds, and several other decorative elements are created with it.

In the community of Tala today, there are still two persons that continue to do this job and possess a large collection of decorated pumpkins. These persons are Mr. Lambros Christodoulou and Mr. Vrasidas Neofytou.

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