The Evil Eye charms culture in Greece
"Matiasma" (greek) is the belief that someone was possibly affected negatively by another's envy or gaze. It is the twin brother of admiration and it is believed to happen unintentionally as well. Today people use the technique of "xematiasma" by turning to their mothers and grandmothers who are believed to have the power to repeal the evil eye. While in Greece, you might hear people saying "ftou, ftou, I'll spit on you so I don't put the spell on you", but don't worry, the spitting is actually only the mimic of the sound. An eye charm, meant to deflect the evil eye, it's a popular defense method. Babies commonly have them pinned to their blankets and wall charms protect the households.
In picture - Callia sandals - decorated by hand with evil eye embellishments that will attract admiring looks.