Unsung Weavers: what a lovely, evocative name for a fashion company. And the clothes they make do not disappoint either. Beautiful, simple, structural coats made from reused antique Greek blankets. The company is quite new. It is the idea of (and headed by) Elina Tseliagkou, a designer living in Athens, Greece. She is, though, keen to emphasis that Unsung Weavers is a collective - she has help from many friends, including Nonda Coutsicos who is responsible for the media side of the business. Elina explains that, at its core, Unsung Weavers celebrates those unnamed blanket makers whose stories haven’t been heard - their relationships with the land, their animals and the cloth they wove. The name speaks to all the anonymous relationships behind the products and the intent behind each piece: ‘I want to feel that whenever someone wears one of my coats it changes and transforms them.’ Elina trained in architecture and took an MA in visual arts at Camberwell, University of the Arts in London. When she returned to Greece after her studies the country was experiencing a Crisis. Architecture, along with many other creative industries, was not doing well for itself and she began looking for alternative ways to work and earn a living: ‘I wanted to do something tangible, something rooted in Greek traditions but coming at them from a different perspective. After studying in London, I appreciated Greek culture more.’ She found herself drawn to fabrics, partly out of necessity: ‘I stopped buying things. I just made them.’ The ubiquitous (of old) Greek wool blankets had been replaced by duvets (of new) and were being discarded, unappreciated: ‘I already knew a fabric, it’s very traditional. I had blankets like this from my grandmother.’ Elina loved the thick woven wool and made herself a coat out of one. And wore it. So Unsung Weavers began. Two and a half years later these coats are (for now) stocked exclusively at Dover Street Market, a measure of quality and design, and a sure indication of hipness. Every coat is unique and cut, sewn and dyed (some of them) by Elina. Making a coat can take up to a week, although she has got that down to five days with experience, she notes: ‘Every piece is super slow to make, it takes lots of time.’ The shapes of the coats are over-sized and sculptural. Elina likes to let the qualities of the wool fabric dictate how she cuts each coat: ‘It’s very impressive on its own, this fabric. So, it’s all about the inherent qualities of the material. About what the material allows you to do. About what kind of shape it allows you to form.’ Unsung Weavers’ source material, the blankets, are all antique: ‘I gather them in Arcadia, which is part of the Peloponnese region in Greece. People don’t want or appreciate them anymore.’ The blankets are felted (by leaving them on a river bed for several days) giving them a certain water-proofed quality. It is a process no longer used, which helps date them, as do the colours. Some of the blankets Elina leaves their natural colour. And some of them she over-dyes by hand, using natural materials like the leaves of the Neratzi (Seville orange) tree.