Traditional Hand Crafts

Lefkara

Lace-Work of Lefkara

This is one of the most important handicrafts of Cyprus. The linen that is to be worked on is first tied and stretched on a pillow. Different techniques like cutting out and sewing in shapes are used to decorate the final product. After the motifs are completed, an arch is sewed all around the lace. In the past, they mainly used for personal use. Currently, they are produced mainly for economical purposes, and are sold to the tourists.

Yemeni (Traditional Head Scarf)

Yemeni was widely worn by Turkish Cypriot woman. It was a symbol of richness. The material for Yemeni was produced at home by using thin cotton thread and was finely decorated with pretty symbols of flowers, leaves, and branches. The edges were sown with various motifs.

Hesap Works

Hesap works were produced both for economical and personal use. This name is given to these works because while decorating them with different motifs, each strand is counted one by one.

Silk Works

One of the most widely used handcrafts in Cyprus was the use of silkworm cocoons. After carefully removing the silkworm in them, the holeless cocoon was used in either picture works or in decorating dresses. Pictures were worked on white, black, or claret red colored Japanese linen.

Plant Knitting

It is the name given to the use of the leaves ir thin branches of plants, as they are or by cutting them into thin ribbons , in different ways. Mesarya and Karpaz regions are the main regions where plant knitting is practiced.

Tavla

A famous Cypriot pastime game of backgamon.

Plaiting

In Northern Cyprus the plaiting of wheat, corn, and reeds into interesting shapes and designs is very common. The plaiting of reeds in Serdarli village is especially famous, and the designs show the sensitivity, ability, talent and the humanity of the weaver.

Hand-woven kilims

Beautiful and interesting kilim weaving is done in the villages in the Karpas peninsula. Besides the boldly patterned kilim rugs, and carpets, there are embroidered rugs called `cicim` and rugs of Angora goat hair.

Copper and brass-ware, Coffee pots, candlesticks, Hand-painted pottery, Silver jewellery, and many more.