What fascinates me most is how speech,

written or oral, literary or folk can become an occasion

for the creation of an artwork.

With egg tempera, inks, gold and silver leaves,

paintbrushes and dip pens, and with a predominant tool

the so-called “minuscule cursive” script,

the Greek handwriting of the Byzantine times,

I attempt to capture on the parchment

the rhythm of the words,

the color of the speech.

The source of inspiration for this particular scarf is the poem

“If you hadn’t given me poetry, O Lord”

by the great Laconian poet Nikiforos Vrettakos, 

whose poetic speech moves me deeply and floods me

with images, forms and shapes.


Leonidas Michalakos

“If you hadn’t given me poetry, O Lord”

Silk scarf Poetry | MANTILITY | 90x90 cm

Silk scarf ”If you hadn’t given me poetry, O Lord”

Design commissioned by MANTILITY

Sizes: 90x90cm

Theme: Poetry, Painting, Greek Minuscule, Byzantine Manuscripts

Description: 100% Silk – Hand illustrated

Designer: Leonidas Michalakos

Country: Greece

Year: 2020

Care: Dry clean only – Cool iron the back side only

Limited to: 200 pcs

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Silk scarf Poetry | MANTILITY | 90x90 cm
Silk scarf Poetry | MANTILITY | 90x90 cm

Leonidas Michalakos

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Leonidas Michalakos was born in 1959 in Kotronas of Mani, Greece where he grew up. He graduated from the Panormos Preparatory and Vocational School of Fine Arts in Tinos with the well-known painter and sculptor Yiannis Maniatakos as his teacher.

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