Setting out on our journey along the path of kombolói's history we have to leave Greece and travel East, to the countries where Islam is the dominant religion. In this corner of the world, the predecessor of the Greek kombolói, the Islamic rosaries, was first created. In the year 1453, these rosaries reached Greece through the hands of the Ottoman Turkish oppressors. During the 400-year occupation of Greece by Turks, the native locals gradually became acquainted with these items and started integrating them into their own culture and civilisation. Greeks brought about small changes, yet adequate enough to create a unique, distinct object called kombolói, which epitomises Greek zest and temperament.