The social structure existing on Skopelos during the Turkish occupation influenced morals and customs, and modulated the particularity of its folk culture to some extent. The island portrayed a severe separation among social classes.
The ruling class were the large landowners and the shipowners of the island The largest part of the population was made up of small-scale farmers, workers and sailors.
This social classification did not change after the Revolution. In the second half of the 19th c. And the first half of the 20th, there was emigration towards America, Romania, and Russia, due to the poverty that struck the islands in the Northern Sporades – and Skopelos of course.
In 1965 a big earthquake greatly affected the lives of the inhabitants, there was significant damage to several historic buildings and caused the movement of residents from the Old Klima to the New Klima village.
The tourist development of Skopelos began in the 1980s. Young people were motivated to remain on the island and many others to return from the rural centres and abroad, especially during the summer months.
In modern years, Skopelos continues to portray a remarkable culture; the legends and its rich folk tradition, historical and artistic monuments, its castles and monasteries, its churches with the famous temples, local artists who continue to create unique artefacts.
Skopelos residents continue to occupy themselves with ship-building art, the processing of wood and ceramics. In the past there were shipyards on Skopelos and during the Revolution the island offered 35 commercial ships to the Cause. They also occupied themselves with woven art, with the well-known traditional Skopelos costumes.
Skopelos knives are also very well-known, with folk crosstalk engraved on their handles.
Let us discover the island and feel its past, so as to better understand the present and future of this land.