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Lacemaking in Lefkara, Cyprus

May 24, 2011

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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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157 comments

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    This is wonderful !

  • VidGirlsandDolls

    VidGirlsandDolls said 6 years ago

    Unique & Beautiful !

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    Lovely story. Thank you for sharing it.

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 6 years ago

    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.

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 6 years ago

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

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    So beautiful!

  • sewingpossibilities

    sewingpossibilities said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this story.

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 6 years ago

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

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! Very interesting video!

  • cookoutsidethebox

    cookoutsidethebox said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • simplyyoujewelry

    simplyyoujewelry said 6 years ago

    Wonderful Story!

  • Monicaj

    Monicaj said 6 years ago

    Amazing work!! LOVE it!!

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 6 years ago

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

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Wonderful!!!

  • SleeWay

    SleeWay said 6 years ago

    Wonderful works !!!

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid said 6 years ago

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

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 6 years ago

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

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 6 years ago

    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.

  • dayslonggone

    dayslonggone said 6 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • dayslonggone

    dayslonggone said 6 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 6 years ago

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

  • JMGJewelDesign

    JMGJewelDesign said 6 years ago

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

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid said 6 years ago

    BTW, the Unesco webpage its REALLY impresive!!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 6 years ago

    Lovely article, Thanks!

  • adrianaallenllc

    adrianaallenllc said 6 years ago

    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?

  • lulusnest

    lulusnest said 6 years ago

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

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

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

  • lacepetals

    lacepetals said 6 years ago

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

  • ArigigiArt

    ArigigiArt said 6 years ago

    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

  • jibbyandjuna

    jibbyandjuna said 6 years ago

    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

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 6 years ago

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

  • FloweredSkybeads

    FloweredSkybeads said 6 years ago

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

  • EderaJewelry

    EderaJewelry said 6 years ago

    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....

  • Tidepools

    Tidepools said 6 years ago

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

  • thetailorsstories

    thetailorsstories said 6 years ago

    amazing story..

  • LittleStudioJewels

    LittleStudioJewels said 6 years ago

    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!

  • DurleyDean

    DurleyDean said 6 years ago

    Beautiful short film. Afharisto poli :)

  • DaHukaHouse

    DaHukaHouse said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story. Thanks.

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! Wonderful video!

  • kumosgreetings

    kumosgreetings said 6 years ago

    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. :)

  • ekohdesign

    ekohdesign said 6 years ago

    Amazing. Thank you so much!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 6 years ago

    Stunning!!! I love this article :)

  • quirkyshop

    quirkyshop said 6 years ago

    wow!

  • VivisEnchantedCorner

    VivisEnchantedCorner said 6 years ago

    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.

  • BozenaWojtaszek

    BozenaWojtaszek said 6 years ago

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

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    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.

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 6 years ago

    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!

  • InspirationsbyStella

    InspirationsbyStella said 6 years ago

    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♥

  • WISHsupplies

    WISHsupplies said 6 years ago

    lovely video! nice post!

  • anakim

    anakim said 6 years ago

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

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    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.

  • BigBadBuddha

    BigBadBuddha said 6 years ago

    Very Cool

  • penumbraimages

    penumbraimages said 6 years ago

    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!!!!

  • psyboom

    psyboom said 6 years ago

    Really interesting! Thank you for sharing!

  • stalo

    stalo said 6 years ago

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

  • PearlGem

    PearlGem said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! Who knew.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Beautiful craftsmanship. Great story!

  • VinTiDgCo

    VinTiDgCo said 6 years ago

    Thank-you for the story!

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower said 6 years ago

    Amazing!

  • autumnnightmares

    autumnnightmares said 6 years ago

    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

  • MirandagirlDesigns

    MirandagirlDesigns said 6 years ago

    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!!!!

  • studionancy

    studionancy said 6 years ago

    absolutely beautiful! thank you for sharing.

  • TiTiLI

    TiTiLI said 6 years ago

    Unique & Beautiful !

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden said 6 years ago

    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.

  • BluePetyl

    BluePetyl said 6 years ago

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

  • spontaneousreality

    spontaneousreality said 6 years ago

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

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Great story! Lovely work!

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry said 6 years ago

    Breathtaking!!

  • PruAtelier

    PruAtelier said 6 years ago

    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.

  • sunkae

    sunkae said 6 years ago

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

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 6 years ago

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

  • AThymetoSew

    AThymetoSew said 6 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful!!

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 6 years ago

    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!

  • helenahandcart13

    helenahandcart13 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • CrownWillow

    CrownWillow said 6 years ago

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

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 6 years ago

    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!

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 6 years ago

    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....

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    This is a great story. The work is beautiful

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 6 years ago

    Such careful attention to detail blows my mind

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 6 years ago

    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!

  • MakeForYou

    MakeForYou said 6 years ago

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

  • pasin

    pasin said 6 years ago

    Wonderful I love Cyprus

  • MarshiaCy

    MarshiaCy said 6 years ago

    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!!

  • PNWNestingCo

    PNWNestingCo said 6 years ago

    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.

  • HereInSmallTownUSA

    HereInSmallTownUSA said 6 years ago

    Where can you purchase this stuff at?!

  • animadesign

    animadesign said 6 years ago

    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...

  • shecological

    shecological said 6 years ago

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

  • creationsbyeve

    creationsbyeve said 6 years ago

    great post!!

  • dreamversion

    dreamversion said 6 years ago

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

  • LandscapeResearch

    LandscapeResearch said 6 years ago

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

  • odecomposition

    odecomposition said 6 years ago

    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?

  • ganbayo

    ganbayo said 6 years ago

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

  • marisolfair

    marisolfair said 6 years ago

    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.

  • WeddingLab

    WeddingLab said 6 years ago

    Great post!

  • drawntofairytales

    drawntofairytales said 6 years ago

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

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Interesting.

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed said 6 years ago

    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.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts said 6 years ago

    Wonderful! Special art from special ladies!

  • AWITCH

    AWITCH said 6 years ago

    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!

  • fairydtales

    fairydtales said 6 years ago

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

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 6 years ago

    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!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 6 years ago

    So beautiful, I hope the tradition continues!

  • shroomgnome

    shroomgnome said 6 years ago

    i loved this

  • DawnMarieHoward

    DawnMarieHoward said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed this, thanks!

  • Everything10Dollar

    Everything10Dollar said 6 years ago

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

  • eastwestsouthnorth

    eastwestsouthnorth said 6 years ago

    I love it,

  • blevison Admin

    blevison said 6 years ago

    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!

  • bebechat

    bebechat said 6 years ago

    Wow. Loved this video!

  • galstudio

    galstudio said 6 years ago

    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

  • ksewingbasket

    ksewingbasket said 6 years ago

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

  • alamodecreations

    alamodecreations said 6 years ago

    All I can say is BEAUTIFUL!!

  • alamodecreations

    alamodecreations said 6 years ago

    All I can say is BEAUTIFUL!!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 6 years ago

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

  • kathyscraftroom55

    kathyscraftroom55 said 6 years ago

    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)

  • Barnaclebags

    Barnaclebags said 6 years ago

    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

  • Barnaclebags

    Barnaclebags said 6 years ago

    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

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin said 6 years ago

    Beautiful.

  • LemonVerbenasoap

    LemonVerbenasoap said 6 years ago

    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.

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 6 years ago

    beautiful!

  • ErikawithaK

    ErikawithaK said 6 years ago

    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!

  • mobina1122

    mobina1122 said 6 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • FeltedPleasure

    FeltedPleasure said 6 years ago

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

  • laurastark

    laurastark said 6 years ago

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

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous!

  • kmbutterfly

    kmbutterfly said 6 years ago

    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.

  • hebo Admin

    hebo said 6 years ago

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

  • ganbayo

    ganbayo said 6 years ago

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

  • Aleporta

    Aleporta said 6 years ago

    Thank you for this!

  • SilkenTreasures

    SilkenTreasures said 6 years ago

    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.

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable said 6 years ago

    ❤

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir said 6 years ago

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

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 6 years ago

    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.

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals said 6 years ago

    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.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 6 years ago

    Lazy lace

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 6 years ago

    Lazy lace

  • EleganceFarmHome

    EleganceFarmHome said 6 years ago

    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

  • swanboroughprints

    swanboroughprints said 6 years ago

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

  • iomiss

    iomiss said 6 years ago

    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.

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree said 6 years ago

    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.

  • coleyclothing

    coleyclothing said 6 years ago

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

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 6 years ago

    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.

  • LiliDMagpieCreations

    LiliDMagpieCreations said 6 years ago

    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.

  • ClothandPatina

    ClothandPatina said 6 years ago

    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.

  • rachelhough

    rachelhough said 6 years ago

    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!

  • prendasbyenid

    prendasbyenid said 6 years ago

    WOW!!! Great story!!!

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux said 6 years ago

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

  • PeachWillow

    PeachWillow said 6 years ago

    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!

  • blaseyly

    blaseyly said 6 years ago

    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

  • lkmccray

    lkmccray said 6 years ago

    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.

  • truthofnovelty

    truthofnovelty said 6 years ago

    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!

  • MilestoneDesign

    MilestoneDesign said 6 years ago

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

  • josie023

    josie023 said 6 years ago

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

  • ahueofduckeggblue

    ahueofduckeggblue said 6 years ago

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

  • ahueofduckeggblue

    ahueofduckeggblue said 6 years ago

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

  • elisavetasivas

    elisavetasivas said 6 years ago

    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!

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