"THE WORLD FAMOUS LACE WORK...." Larnaca Favorite Tip by eden_teuling

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  LEFKARITIKA FROM CYPRUS
by eden_teuling
 
 

Favorite thing: Not in Larnaca but in LEFKARA you must be to see these women working their lace......
There are two LEFKARAS, aboout 1 km. from each other.
In cyprus we often see a upper village (Pano) and a lower village (kato).
Pano Lefkara is quite commercial but Pano Lefkare is just great!

It is here that you have to be for the traditional local style of LACE that is called: LEFKARITIKA.
This is not the name of a certain pattern because each design is a creation of the woman who makes it. It is a very complicated and intricated Art.

The skills go from mother to daughter.
The lace is very sought after by ROYALTY as well as by more humble visitors like you and me!

Fondest memory: Seeing these women at work, definitely. Asked how many time a certain work would take, the answer was: a year!!

This precious LACE has already been made here for CENTURIES and the rich VENETIAN women who wanted to flee the heat and came to this place, bought it and took it home!

So it is really WORLD FAMOUS....

The men soon discovered that those works of art brought them more money so they stopped farming and became "agents", "managers" and even made trips abroad while their wives and daughters had to stay home to make the lace...

Here you see mothers and daughters, the younger ones also in black, and only one with glasses, working and talking!

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 14, 2003
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