The man's need for protection has prompted him to build shells, firstly the shell of clothing and secondly housing. The common technique that seems to have served the construction of these shells was that of knitting. Knitting followed man over the years, surviving to this day. The question that is asked and answered in this paper is whether the knitting could be an archetype, even adopted in architectural construction.
In order to investigate the use of the knitting in the architectural construction, the nomadic architecture of the Sarakatsans is studied, analogies are sought with the forms of their weavers, while they are compared with the tectonics and weaving of the Geometric Period. The search for a common frame of reference as well as archetypes and shapes is at the core of the work.
By defining the concept of archetype and by looking at the nature and methods of knitting, we identify common knitting techniques in the construction of the first shell (clothing) and the second shell (tectonics) both in the society of the Sarakatsan and in the Society of the Geometric Period. We identify the common frameworks that shape the two societies, and we also take into consideration the similarities on their decoration, which seems to have a common archetypal identity.
The aim of the present study is to concentrate the existing theories on the subject of the archetypal identity of the knitting and its relation to architecture, both from anthropological and formalistic point of view, as well as the study of the two societies, in order to securely identify the application the archetypal nature of the knitting in the architectural construction.