Whether along the narrow streets of the old city of the main towns, or in the rural communities of the countryside, Cyprus has a great variety and history of folk art waiting to be discovered. Age old handicrafts, passed down from generation to generation have become works of art.
The world famous Lefkara lace, the colourful and vibrant Fytiotika embroidery tapestries, basket making, woodcarving and woodwork, glass blowing, pottery, ceramics, mosaicwork, copper and brass jewellery are some examples of local handicrafts.
Even today you can still see the young girls in the village of Lefkara making lace just as their grandmother did before them. Potters still shape curious human figures to decorate their clay vessels, coppersmiths still work just as his forefathers did 5,000 years ago. Courses in these traditional folk art techniques are also provided. A great way to be active and creative while on holiday.
Ceramics - Pottery
Ceramics and pottery in Cyprus has a history going back thousands of years. This historical tradition is reflected in the work of the island's potters. You can see in a potter's studio, not only the art of working and modeling clay, but also the artist's love of his work.
Artistic glassworks - Glass blowing
Glass making first started in Cyprus in the 7th and 6th centuries BC, and since then, one can notice the constant improvement of glass production and decorating techniques used throughout the centuries.
Wood carvers - Old furniture restorers
In ancient times, Cyprus was covered with pine trees and many ancient naval powers built their ships on the island. Nowadays the carving of wood is only for domestic and artistic purposes and visitors can watch how wonderful pieces of old furniture are restored.