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Lacemaking in Lefkara, Cyprus

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(Music by Trio Tekke)

Author-Photo.jpgLefkara lace is a style of cut-out embroidery that combines mercerized thread and linen for the home. These delicate geometric designs are inspired by the surrounding landscapes of Lefkara, Cyprus, resembling rivers, snails and tree branches. Maroulla Achilleos and Elenitsa Stavrinou are two of the last surviving women practicing this traditional lace-making technique, which has been known as Lefkaritika since its inception in the 15th century. The women of Lefkara, known as bloumárisses, traditionally gather in the narrow streets or courtyards to pass their time embroidering together. However, as life in the village catches up with the rapid pace of contemporary society, this handmade craft, recently nominated to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Element collection, is being replaced by machine-made replicas imported from China and Greece to meet the demand of tourists.

Alana Kakoyiannis is a documentary filmmaker based in New York City and Nicosia, Cyprus. More of her work can be found at www.alanakakoyiannis.com.

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  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    This is wonderful !

    4 years ago

  • VidGirlsandDolls

    VidGirlsandDolls says:

    Unique & Beautiful !

    4 years ago

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts says:

    Lovely story. Thank you for sharing it.

    4 years ago

  • rebourne

    rebourne says:

    My baby and I just watched this, and we were both captivated. What beautiful, wise, talented women. I aspire to be like them, working hard at my craft for decades with busy hands.

    4 years ago

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick says:

    What amazing work! I can't imagine having the patience to do it. I hope they find a way to carry on the tradition!

    4 years ago

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice says:

    So beautiful!

    4 years ago

  • sewingpossibilities

    sewingpossibilities says:

    Thank you for sharing this story.

    4 years ago

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose says:

    Wonderful. And sad to know that this tradition is being replaced by items mass produced in other countries...

    4 years ago

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits says:

    Beautiful! Very interesting video!

    4 years ago

  • cookoutsidethebox

    cookoutsidethebox says:

    Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • simplyyoujewelry

    simplyyoujewelry says:

    Wonderful Story!

    4 years ago

  • Monicaj

    Monicaj says:

    Amazing work!! LOVE it!!

    4 years ago

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG says:

    How beautiful and so sad that this magnficent handiwork will die with the current generation.

    4 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Wonderful!!!

    4 years ago

  • SleeWay

    SleeWay says:

    Wonderful works !!!

    4 years ago

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid says:

    Lace always deserve attention and love, wearing or making it :)

    4 years ago

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow says:

    So very talented artisans with such a gorgeous craft! Amazing work!

    4 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Hand embroidery is such an art! These ladies can be proud of every stitch. I'm sorry they must compete with machine made items in their own village. Thank you for sharing this video.

    4 years ago

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons says:

    It`s too bad that imports and machine made lace are being passed off to tourists...you want to support the craftspeople, the real handwork. My mother is always buying jewellery on her travels - celtic rings in Ireland that are made in Thailand, Murano glass pendants from Italy that were actually made in China, etc...she doesn`t realize it when she buys these items as gifts for the family but I recognize them from online and print catalogues and can discern the mass manufactured quality. As a tourist, it can be difficult to find those real artisans, because the museums and best loved tourist sites, most gift shops buy their stock based on convenience and profit.

    4 years ago

  • dayslonggone

    dayslonggone says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

    4 years ago

  • dayslonggone

    dayslonggone says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

    4 years ago

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons says:

    What I meant to say was they buy their stock based solely on convenience and profit, without regard for authenticity.

    4 years ago

  • JMGJewelDesign

    JMGJewelDesign says:

    What a charming clip.... I love that sweet little lady tying up her door with a rope bow. Too cute :)

    4 years ago

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid says:

    BTW, the Unesco webpage its REALLY impresive!!

    4 years ago

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry says:

    Lovely article, Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • adrianaallenllc

    adrianaallenllc says:

    China?!? The beauty and value of the lefkara lace is that it is handcrafted and an ancient tradition. The fastest way to destroy it is to mass produce it for cents in some Chinese sweatshop. Instead, how about investing resources in making it an attractive pastime for young Cypresses?

    4 years ago

  • lulusnest

    lulusnest says:

    Such a lovely story. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

    4 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    something i've always wanted to learn! thanks!!!

    4 years ago

  • lacepetals

    lacepetals says:

    absolutely beautiful! what a wonderful skill. i can't imagine a world without lace.

    4 years ago

  • ArigigiArt

    ArigigiArt says:

    love all kind of needlework In Croatia one of the most respectable lace come from island Pag. This lace has history over the 500 years old and today is under UNESCO protection. for 40 cm of this lace you have to pay 1000 euro http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=hr&u=http://www.narodni-list.hr/articles/15wYlB0o0e8

    4 years ago

  • jibbyandjuna

    jibbyandjuna says:

    I have been hoping the new interest in lace in general would create a surge of new (younger) lace makers to at least keep the craft alive, even if they can't quite complete with machine lace from China. Cultural heritage is being lost all over the world in places that don't have international support. UNESCO's criteria is extremely strict and many crafts/traditions don't qualify and will soon be gone. I fear bobbin lace from the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic will soon be forgotten. http://williamsonsroadlesstraveled.blogspot.com/2008/07/queen-of-lace.html

    4 years ago

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox says:

    What an amazing Art form - I hope some younger folks pick it up.

    4 years ago

  • FloweredSkybeads

    FloweredSkybeads says:

    such a great documentary. Hope this art will last more than we expected....

    4 years ago

  • EderaJewelry

    EderaJewelry says:

    What beautiful work--as a lacemaker myself, it's sad to hear that some of these century old traditions are dying out. Hopefully the UNESCO protection will help raise awareness and interest....

    4 years ago

  • Tidepools

    Tidepools says:

    What a wonderful but, sad story. Thank you for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • thetailorsstories

    thetailorsstories says:

    amazing story..

    4 years ago

  • LittleStudioJewels

    LittleStudioJewels says:

    Wow. Just wow. I've always loved lace and wanted to learn how to make it, this has inspired me to learn. It would be a travesty to let something this skilled, ancient and beautiful die out. Thank you for showing us this beautiful skill!

    4 years ago

  • DurleyDean

    DurleyDean says:

    Beautiful short film. Afharisto poli :)

    4 years ago

  • DaHukaHouse

    DaHukaHouse says:

    Beautiful story. Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • shop1848

    shop1848 says:

    Gorgeous! Wonderful video!

    4 years ago

  • kumosgreetings

    kumosgreetings says:

    It is one of my dreams to go to a place like that and learn how to make lace. Their work is truly amazing. Thank you for a beautiful video. :)

    4 years ago

  • ekohdesign

    ekohdesign says:

    Amazing. Thank you so much!

    4 years ago

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns says:

    So Beautiful!!! and so sad it has become a lost art. Thank You for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • amoronia

    amoronia says:

    Stunning!!! I love this article :)

    4 years ago

  • quirkyshop

    quirkyshop says:

    wow!

    4 years ago

  • VivisEnchantedCorner

    VivisEnchantedCorner says:

    Thank you for this story and video, it is so wonderful to see this women creating this pieces of artwork, however I can help to feel sad that this form of art is disapering, and that new generations are not interested in learning it. Also the chinese products...they are everywhere, it is hard to compite with a cheap labor and cheap products, and I wish all of us understand that by buying chinese mass made products we are supporting modern slavery. Hope the Cyprean government do something to help this village and this women.

    4 years ago

  • BozenaWojtaszek

    BozenaWojtaszek says:

    Great post! Let's hope this story will have a happy end.

    4 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Wow beautiful, its a story thats unfortunately repeated around the world with traditional crafts dying out because people just dont care. Its so sad to see but maybe somehow we Etsysans help to keep our local crafts alive.

    4 years ago

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons says:

    This is so touching for me as my mother comes from a village not far from Lefkara in Cyprus. My grandmother was an extremely skilled seamstress and taught me what I know. It is so very sad to see these traditions lost. I see that these forms of artistry and traditional craftsmanship are the very essence of a culture which is being lost. I imagine that this type of loss of skill is relevant for many other cultures too. It is a shame that more young people (and indeed tourists) are not showing an interest in these incredible craftswomen and their work. Thank you so much for this beautiful video.... I'm going to link it to all of my relatives!

    4 years ago

  • InspirationsbyStella

    InspirationsbyStella says:

    Priceless! I have family in Cyprus, and it was a delight to see this featured. This is a beautiful skill that our culture preserves. I believe there will always be someone who will continue. As long as we produce these videos, there will be instruction left for the future generations. MBravo! ps. LOVE the Cyprus dialect♥

    4 years ago

  • WISHsupplies

    WISHsupplies says:

    lovely video! nice post!

    4 years ago

  • anakim

    anakim says:

    I've been there and it was delightful! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign says:

    It's sad that the next generation doesn't see it's value. A value that runs much deeper than money........Is my life so busy I can't sit and make connections? I'm going to ponder that one.

    4 years ago

  • BigBadBuddha

    BigBadBuddha says:

    Very Cool

    4 years ago

  • penumbraimages

    penumbraimages says:

    very interesting and well made piece !!! Thank you for sharing it.. How sad that these handmade arts will soon be lost, So important to document this and support local authentic handmade art!!!!

    4 years ago

  • psyboom

    psyboom says:

    Really interesting! Thank you for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • stalo

    stalo says:

    Wonderful video! I'am from Cyprus and it was a great pleasure to see this. In my house we have Lefkaritika tablecloth:)

    4 years ago

  • PearlGem

    PearlGem says:

    Gorgeous! Who knew.

    4 years ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage says:

    Beautiful craftsmanship. Great story!

    4 years ago

  • VinTiDgCo

    VinTiDgCo says:

    Thank-you for the story!

    4 years ago

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower says:

    Amazing!

    4 years ago

  • autumnnightmares

    autumnnightmares says:

    Saw this and i remembered my grandmother :'/ She still "practices" this style of embroidery. Thank you Etsy for shining some light to Cyprus and to this beautiful art. And of course Trio Tekke's music is amazing Thank you again

    4 years ago

  • MirandagirlDesigns

    MirandagirlDesigns says:

    I really enjoyed this! I thank my grandmother for teaching me to crochet and embroider. I have always been supported by my family to craft. I also have a supportive husband that understands my need to create. I have been trying to pass my skills on to my daughter and son. It is so important to keep these beautiful crafting talents alive! Please keep supporting the handmade community!!!!

    4 years ago

  • studionancy

    studionancy says:

    absolutely beautiful! thank you for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • TiTiLI

    TiTiLI says:

    Unique & Beautiful !

    4 years ago

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden says:

    Lovely video (I love the details of the roof clock and it's so sweet, how lady Elenitsa secured the gate with a bow), but a sad fact about the dying craft of the village.

    4 years ago

  • BluePetyl

    BluePetyl says:

    Love the lace, lovely video I really enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • spontaneousreality

    spontaneousreality says:

    Stitch on ladies, stitch on! It's such beautiful work!

    4 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Great story! Lovely work!

    4 years ago

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry says:

    Breathtaking!!

    4 years ago

  • PruAtelier

    PruAtelier says:

    It is sad that one more traditional craft is dying out with the young people seduced by living faster lives with more immediate rewards. On the upside, being a lace fanatic myself, I do know that there are lacemakers around that are new to the craft... here is a shop in California - Lacis - that for years has sold lacemaking supplies and there are Lacemaking and Embroidery Guilds in US, England and Australia. Both England and especially Australia have a large embroidery craft industry and they have magnificent publications to attest to it.

    4 years ago

  • sunkae

    sunkae says:

    So Nice things...love this shop!!!***

    4 years ago

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink says:

    What a wonderful life spent making something so everlasting. beautiful post. :)

    4 years ago

  • AThymetoSew

    AThymetoSew says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!

    4 years ago

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux says:

    I just loved this and so appreciate these very talented ladies' focus, passion and carrying on. The imagery of "locking up" with the yarn tied in a bow, carrying the latest work up the street and hill (village federal express!): priceless. Lost arts are no longer lost when documented. I love knowing that supporting authentic artisanal work supports women like these!

    4 years ago

  • helenahandcart13

    helenahandcart13 says:

    I loved that. Makes me want to go there and have them teach me to do it. It's sad that age-old traditions and talents might disappear.

    4 years ago

  • CrownWillow

    CrownWillow says:

    Beautiful work. It's sad to hear that this lovely tradition is dying off to the fast and faster pace of todays world.

    4 years ago

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree says:

    So beautiful! A beautiful craft and so great to see it is still been hand done! I admire the people who do this - they must have alot of patience, but so do all of us crafter's! All the best to them and all of us! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad says:

    oh wow - i was going to do a blog post about this village of Lace! My family is from Cyprus and ive been to Lefkara many times!! such an old tradition...very beautiful, its a shame its a dying tradition and more imported lace goods are being bought in to save the village....

    4 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak says:

    This is a great story. The work is beautiful

    4 years ago

  • jungledread

    jungledread says:

    Such careful attention to detail blows my mind

    4 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    I live in Cyprus (Pafos), and Lefkara is a really really beautiful village.... very quiet and peaceful, and you can feel nature taking over (like most villages in C Cyprus). Thanks for this report about Lefkara!

    4 years ago

  • MakeForYou

    MakeForYou says:

    i'm proud of the woman making lace and the people have passion for arts and crafts

    4 years ago

  • pasin

    pasin says:

    Wonderful I love Cyprus

    4 years ago

  • MarshiaCy

    MarshiaCy says:

    Alana thats a fantastic documentary!! So happy to hear the Cypriot dialect here! Its really touching how these ladies are making these for years and years not for money but because they love it! This is how most grandmothers ("giagia") are in Cyprus! Most of them were making handmade stuff! Either lace tableclothes, crochet blankets and slippers, knitted bags and much more for there grandchildren ! Mine was doing the same and keep in mind that she had 25 grandchildren!! My grandpa ("papous") was doing real leather bags and wooden walking sticks ("verkes") ! There village was near Lefkara! A trip to the Cypriot villages is a MUST for everyone who love handmade! Really beautiful documentary! Thanks for sharing it!!

    4 years ago

  • PNWNestingCo

    PNWNestingCo says:

    What a wonderful documentary! These women are so inspiring...what a beautiful craft. Hopefully the younger generation will be inspired and carry on the tradition; it would be heart breaking to see it replaced by mass production. Thank you so much for sharing. It just reinforces the importance of supporting handmade.

    4 years ago

  • HereInSmallTownUSA

    HereInSmallTownUSA says:

    Where can you purchase this stuff at?!

    4 years ago

  • animadesign

    animadesign says:

    A very interesting story and video! So sad to know that this excellent hand embroidery from Lefkara/Cyprus will soon be forgotten... We etsians/artists/artisans/crafters,we know that our souls went into each piece of our handmade items and they can't be replaced by mass production...

    4 years ago

  • shecological

    shecological says:

    FANTASTIC women and precious, beautiful lace! love the white thread on linen! thanks so much for sharing this.

    4 years ago

  • creationsbyeve

    creationsbyeve says:

    great post!!

    4 years ago

  • dreamversion

    dreamversion says:

    Lefkaritiko & Kopanelli are the most impressive techniques in linen!!! My best wishes to all ladies I've met, that keep working in tradition!!!

    4 years ago

  • LandscapeResearch

    LandscapeResearch says:

    A fabulous film - highlighting the wonder and fragility of a rich heritage and craft- Bravo!

    4 years ago

  • odecomposition

    odecomposition says:

    What a gorgeous video. I looked into a lace making guild in Vancouver at one point. I found some videos and became so intrigued by the skill and patience of this incredible craft, I thought I would join and dedicate my time to learning this lost art. Turns out it doesn't exist anymore. So many art forms are becoming ancient history. It's sad isn't it?

    4 years ago

  • ganbayo

    ganbayo says:

    I am from Cyprus and I am soo happy for this video!!! great job! bravo!!!!

    4 years ago

  • marisolfair

    marisolfair says:

    I love that this video was made so that we all can see the beauty of the women and their art. It's a shame that money is the driving force here. Everywhere really.... Best to remember that some things just can't be bought.

    4 years ago

  • WeddingLab

    WeddingLab says:

    Great post!

    4 years ago

  • drawntofairytales

    drawntofairytales says:

    wow, really enjoyed that, thank you, so beautiful to watch but so sad at the same time...

    4 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Interesting.

    4 years ago

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed says:

    This is a lovely film. It is such a shame that the younger generation are not learning the traditional crafts. They might not be interested now but when they are older they may but who will be alive to teach them? And of course we cannot blame solely the young people because as tourists we must be aware of what we buy.

    4 years ago

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts says:

    Wonderful! Special art from special ladies!

    4 years ago

  • AWITCH

    AWITCH says:

    Many years ago I used to live in Cyprus. I was young and my mum bought me some pieces from Lefkara. I remember they were very expensive because they were so very special and hard to find too..... I am very happy to see the people on Etsy acknowledge this very unique technique. Well done!

    4 years ago

  • fairydtales

    fairydtales says:

    Great job, so proud to live in Cyprus!! Very unique techigue.

    4 years ago

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 says:

    Beautiful designs and such talent these ladies have, hopefully they can pass it on so it isn't another "lost art" thank-you for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers says:

    So beautiful, I hope the tradition continues!

    4 years ago

  • shroomgnome

    shroomgnome says:

    i loved this

    4 years ago

  • DawnMarieHoward

    DawnMarieHoward says:

    I really enjoyed this, thanks!

    4 years ago

  • Everything10Dollar

    Everything10Dollar says:

    Price has become the first criteria everywhere in the world. ETSY plays an important role for real handmade crafts to survive in that respect.

    4 years ago

  • eastwestsouthnorth

    eastwestsouthnorth says:

    I love it,

    4 years ago

  • blevison Admin

    blevison says:

    It's really great to hear from all of you, but also the Cypriots - in Cyprus and beyond. We are also always eager to hear of these kinds of stories ... and tell them! Thanks, for the feedback!

    4 years ago

  • bebechat

    bebechat says:

    Wow. Loved this video!

    4 years ago

  • galstudio

    galstudio says:

    Love Lacemaking, thanks for the video I wrote a post about it ... http://gal-studio.blogspot.com/2011/05/les-doigts-dor-de-cyprus.html

    4 years ago

  • ksewingbasket

    ksewingbasket says:

    Beautiful work, but sad since it may become a lost art.

    4 years ago

  • alamodecreations

    alamodecreations says:

    All I can say is BEAUTIFUL!!

    4 years ago

  • alamodecreations

    alamodecreations says:

    All I can say is BEAUTIFUL!!

    4 years ago

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas says:

    Just like everything...people will buy the cheapest item. Quality does not seem to matter because they will just throw it away when done.

    4 years ago

  • kathyscraftroom55

    kathyscraftroom55 says:

    What a great story, loved it. It will be sad when they don't have anyone making lace like that anymore. We need to appreciate all the hard work people put into handmade items. :o)

    4 years ago

  • Barnaclebags

    Barnaclebags says:

    Beautiful work, so sad this is happening allover the world with so many types of handwork and they are replaced with machines. The quality and stories are disappearing. Thanks for sharing this video, so pretty

    4 years ago

  • Barnaclebags

    Barnaclebags says:

    Beautiful work, so sad this is happening allover the world with so many types of handwork and they are replaced with machines. The quality and stories are disappearing. Thanks for sharing this video, so pretty

    4 years ago

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin says:

    Beautiful.

    4 years ago

  • LemonVerbenasoap

    LemonVerbenasoap says:

    A lost art definitely. I too hand embroider....a craft I learned from my mother but my daughters show no interest in learning this delicate craft. As long as there are a few hand embroiderers left I really believe that it will continue. I hope so.

    4 years ago

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage says:

    beautiful!

    4 years ago

  • ErikawithaK

    ErikawithaK says:

    Thank you SO much for sharing this. My father's family is from Cyprus and I grew up seeing this type of embroidered linens in my YiaYia's house. It really makes me want to learn this since it is part of my heritage as well even though my family is not from that part of Cyprus. Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • mobina1122

    mobina1122 says:

    Beautiful!

    4 years ago

  • FeltedPleasure

    FeltedPleasure says:

    I was in Lefkara 6 years ago and it is so great to see this video!! Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • laurastark

    laurastark says:

    I love watching these stories. It is so important to see these artisans and their work.

    4 years ago

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart says:

    Gorgeous!

    4 years ago

  • kmbutterfly

    kmbutterfly says:

    These women create such exquisite work. I am happy to see that they are somewhat protected by UNESCO, but it's sad that so few want to carry on the tradition. I wish there was a bigger place in the global market for individual makers to live off their craft...I wonder what place there would be at all were it not for things like Etsy! I do hope more people of my generation will, at the very least, document and remember the fading arts of history, but it'd be even better if we could learn.

    4 years ago

  • hebo Admin

    hebo says:

    I love this, it's getting harder and harder to find authentic, local textiles around the world.

    4 years ago

  • ganbayo

    ganbayo says:

    I am from Cyprus and I lovee this!!! great job!!!!!!! I am so happy for this video!

    4 years ago

  • Aleporta

    Aleporta says:

    Thank you for this!

    4 years ago

  • SilkenTreasures

    SilkenTreasures says:

    I love the video. It does make me sad that this work is becoming a lost art and a little bit angry at the people who imported the lace from China. The things these women make are heirloom quality, beautiful. Did anyone else catch that they pay the women by the piece not the hour? That means the embroidery takes many many hours to make. I do have to say that authentic hand made things are getting harder and harder to find. Just go to the local store in the US and try to find anything not made in China. In fact, I'd be surprised if traditional Chinese crafts aren't just as hard to find. The young go to work in the factories and don't learn the crafts. It's sad.

    4 years ago

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable says:

    ❤

    4 years ago

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir says:

    I agree with SilkenTreasures takes ages to create one of this wonderful lace!!! I love Cyprus hope to be back one day :)

    4 years ago

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams says:

    Gorgeous piece, beautiful lacemaking. Kudos to the filmmaker! I really think Etsy should gather up some of these clips and submit en masse to Sundance. There could be a new category for Academy awards too; Handmade Artisan Creations.

    4 years ago

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals says:

    Thank you for sharing. I work with indigenous groups in the Philippines in preserving cultural arts and craft especially traditional dances. Gladly, the younger generation is slowly gaining consciousness of the the importance of preserving their rich heritage.

    4 years ago

  • girliepains

    girliepains says:

    Lazy lace

    4 years ago

  • girliepains

    girliepains says:

    Lazy lace

    4 years ago

  • EleganceFarmHome

    EleganceFarmHome says:

    Wonderful video!! Thanks so much for putting it together. My husband is Cypriot and we've been to Lefkara! We loved shopping for silver and lace there and we love using the lefkaritika in our home. My mother in law knows how to do it; she is a gifted seamstress and I am going to ask her to teach me. We need to keep this tradition alive :) xo, Jane and John

    4 years ago

  • swanboroughprints

    swanboroughprints says:

    What a lovely tradition, being carried on into the modern world.

    4 years ago

  • iomiss

    iomiss says:

    Wow ...this is simply stunning. I live in a city, in Spain, where the women still make bobbin laces and this is so important that all of us must to do all possible to keep up these traditions.

    4 years ago

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree says:

    What a wonderful bunch of craftsman to watch. My late aunt was a fabulous seamstress and I would often watch her sew and make lace when I was little. This brought back a lot of sentimental memories.

    4 years ago

  • coleyclothing

    coleyclothing says:

    I wish I could move there, learn from these women and carry on the tradition!

    4 years ago

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece. Hopefully the people of Lefkara will realize the value in this art before it is too late. I think in the US we nearly went the same route (though we are a much younger nation), as we nearly lost valuable bits of our culture with the closing of Mom & Pop shops and the prevalence of mass produced items instead of handcrafted ones. The fact that etsy exists shows that we remembered the value in these things and refused to let them be lost.

    4 years ago

  • LiliDMagpieCreations

    LiliDMagpieCreations says:

    Thank you for sharing the story of the Lefkara lace-makers. I myself have worked with making, preserving and studying similar styles of needle-lace often called by other names such as Reticella, Punto in Aria, and Ruskin Lace. All of these needle-laces are incredible beautiful to behold in person and can be seen in museums collections around the world! I believe that the only way that this art-form will survive and flourish is by gaining the interest of a younger generation. Hopefully textile lovers, costume maker, historic re-enactors and fashion designers will help to carry the knowledge forward and help to breathe some life back into this industry. Unfortunately the economy is very bad right now, and the majority of people who would be interested in the “real thing” are lucky if they can go on vacation at all.

    4 years ago

  • ClothandPatina

    ClothandPatina says:

    A both wonderfully inspiring and sad story. I have always been in awe of the intricacy, charm & history that goes with each piece of hand stitched and embroidered lace. Even as a vintage shop owner, I do not give up my old linens very easily. So heartbreaking to know that some crafts may soon be forgotten. Hopefully through awareness, we can keep them going. Thank you very much for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • rachelhough

    rachelhough says:

    This reminds me of my Grandma. She made my family all crocheted blankets when we were little and my Husband's Grandma makes a quilt for all her many, many grandchildren. It's something about tradition for me. My family is Mennonite and we really value passing handmade traditions like cooking, canning and quilting. I hope the lace making will live on and someone from my generation will take an interest and keep it alive. It would be a shame to see this disappear!

    4 years ago

  • prendasbyenid

    prendasbyenid says:

    WOW!!! Great story!!!

    4 years ago

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux says:

    Machines can never replicate handmade lace. I have collected lace that I just want to look at and never use! Enjoyed this.

    4 years ago

  • PeachWillow

    PeachWillow says:

    What a wonderful story! Just as we try to save our historical buildings that represent different architectural eras, we should also strive to save our art techniques and traditions. They also have a story to tell!

    4 years ago

  • blaseyly

    blaseyly says:

    My mom loves lace - I buy her lace and honey everywhere I go. I got beautiful handmade lace in Egypt that I would have to say is my favorite of all I've purchased for her. Beautiful article. Thank you

    4 years ago

  • lkmccray

    lkmccray says:

    Loved this look into lace making and really appreciate that the filmmaker named the women in the credits. Giving voice to and recognizing those making the lace is a way of acknowledging the skill and craftsmanship that goes into creating these beautiful, labor-intensive pieces. It also provides a context for its creation—it's not some quaint craft made by "village women"—these real women are using formidable skills honed over many years.

    4 years ago

  • truthofnovelty

    truthofnovelty says:

    Reminds me of what I saw when I went to an island off of Venice - Murano. They had a exquisite lace-making shop there, but the women told us that it really was a dying art. They used to have whole schools where women would go to learn lace-making, but now there was dangerously low amount of people who knew the art. It's very sad! Something needs to be done!

    4 years ago

  • MilestoneDesign

    MilestoneDesign says:

    i find in etsy a lot of big artist! its so graet to have a shop next to all this big artist beautiful post!

    4 years ago

  • josie023

    josie023 says:

    I was just here last month! What a suprise to see it on Etsy! Beautiful town and craft!

    4 years ago

  • ahueofduckeggblue

    ahueofduckeggblue says:

    all the more reason for sites like ETSY which support handmade! great film

    4 years ago

  • ahueofduckeggblue

    ahueofduckeggblue says:

    all the more reason for sites like ETSY which support handmade! great film

    4 years ago

  • elisavetasivas

    elisavetasivas says:

    thanks for sharing this video! it's very nice! I stay and work in Cyprus. It's a nice village and I have some friends, who are trying to attract attention to Lefkara and to support the traditional lace. It's a pity the traditional techniques are disappearing. As a designer I am making embroidery for my dresses. It's not easy to survive with these crafts. If there are people in Cyprus or outside, Cypriots or staying in Cyprus, who are eager to improve local arts, traditions, handmade etc., contact me! May be together we could manage to do something! Best wishes to everybody!

    3 years ago