Photographer's Note

The unusual decorated town of Pyrgi on the Greek Island of Chios which is adjacent to the west Turkish coast, around Cesme and Izmir. From

"At Pyrgi and Lithi, one sees scraped designs called Xysta on the facades of the houses. This is a technique of hand-engraving geometric motifs in black and white on plaster. It is based on plastering-sand being applied to the wall, carefully painted white, then scraped with the designs. These Xysta, reminiscent of the Italian Sgraffito, a form of decoration which stems from Genoa, has made the town of Pyrgi unique."

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13421 W: 1022 N: 26177] (126849)
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