Collectible Tsarouchi Komboloi to honor 200 years since the Greek Revolution, 1821
In 2021, Greeks celebrate 200 years since the Greek Revolution of 1821; the armed uprising waged by the Greek revolutionaries against the Ottoman Empire, with the aim of overthrowing Ottoman rule and creating an independent state.
This collectible Kompoloi (silver plated and Gold plated) was made in memory of the anniversary and the importance of 1821. It is an original piece made by designer Efi Pantazi, who created it exclusively for this year.
The designer’s sources of inspiration were drawn from historical costumes from the Greek Revolution in 1821, especially the traditional shoe, known as tsarouchi.
The tsarouchi is a lightweight leather shoe worn by villagers in mainland Greece until the end of the 19th century.
Yet, the Greeks added more significance to the design after the liberation from the Turks. For instance, the tassel on the tip symbolizes the small tree of liberty and inside the tassel there is a blade that symbolizes the kick that the brave man who wears it will give to every enemy who dares to hurt the little tree of liberty, and if the blade is real, then it becomes a good hidden weapon for close combat.
Today the rustic shoes are part of the uniform of the Evzones, the select guards of the President and the Presidential Mansion. In this case though, on the bottom of the tsarouchi an evzonas is wearing carries about 50 nails, something that makes his gait more imposing and threatening. Today the tsarouchi is a cherished folklore item.
Yet, it can also become a chic item. Greek designer Efi Pantazi took the tsarouchi design and gave it a spin, without sacrificing any of its “Greekness.”