"Lefkaritika" - Cyprus Airports Duty Free and "Kypriaka" concept shop supports the island`s tradition in handmade embroidered lace.
The quaint village of Lefkara is home to a very special folkart.
The handmade embroided lace linens known as "Lefkaritika" are world-famous and a proud and prevailing tradition with invaluable cultural significance for both Lefkara village and Cyprus. It is no wonder why the skilled art has been recognised with its inclusion on the UNESCO Intangible World Heritage List, which is defined as "practices, representations, expressions, knowledge and skills" from around the world that are protected for their invaluable cultural heritage.
The skilled tradition of lace-making in Lefkara has been practised exclusively in the village since Venetian times (1489-1570 AD), when the village was a holiday resort for nobles, and the Venetian noblewomen taught the locals how to make the exquisite drawn-and-counted thread embroidery. The linens became an important trade for Lefkara and were world-renowned, and it is said that even the great painter Leonardo Da Vinci bought a large tablecloth for the altar of the Milan Cathedral when he visited the village.
The lace is made by hand in designs combining four basic elements: the hemstitch, cut work, satin stitch fillings and needlepoint edgings to form embroidered linens such as tablecloths, napkins and show pieces. These linens are made in just 10 designs on Irish linen with French thread. They are reversible and are made in only three colours – white, brown and beige. Only lace made in Lefkara in the traditional way is authentic.
Mrs Andri Hadjiadamou, the owner of a small family company named Art & Craft Center is a passionate believer in Lefkara Lace. She employees’ ladies and embrace them to discover their talent and put their own personality in their embroidery design in an efford to keep the tradition, production and demand alive.
Travellers can buy original Lefkaritika from Lefkara village with limited availability around the island. Cyprus Airports Duty Free "Kypriaka" concept shop at Larnaca International Airport are strong supporters of the island`s lace tradition and the spread of "Lefkaritika". "Kypriaka" is one of the few stores in the island where original Lefkara Lace is being offered to consumers.
Mrs. Evdokia (on the right) in 1953 was part of a team who worked on a special tablecloth for Queen Elizabeth`s Coronation in England. Now, at the age of 84, she can still be seen in the village enjoying embroidery.
When visiting the village, you will see the ladies of Lefkara sitting outside their homes, busily hand-embroidering.
Lefkara, in the Larnaca district of Cyprus, has been listed among "The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe" by the Japanese Association of Travel Agents.