Only the best materials are used to provide the highest degree of quality, and the beauty and uniqueness of each creation.
The handmade Christmas Ornaments are a fine example of Lefkaritiko embroidery, a type of needlework whose fame is intertwined with the long historical and cultural heritage of the island of Cyprus, named after Lefkara, the village from which it originated, and dating back to the 14th century. For centuries, this fine craft has been handed down from one generation of skilled embroiders to the next. In 2009, it was inscribed on UNESCO'S Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The Christmas ornaments were specially made to decorate "Hermes Airports Christmas trees" by young people who participate in the educational programs that the Cyprus Handicraft Service is organizing at Lefkara to exceed the time limits and pass the know-how into the younger generation of artisans.
The famous colourful patterns from the village of Fyti, listed in UNESCO’s intangible heritage lists.
This is one of the most well-known type of Cypriot weaving since ancient times. One of the reasons weaving was so greatly developed in Cyprus throughout the centuries, was the excellent quality of raw materials produced locally. Processing cotton, spinning it and weaving it was one of the main occupations of Cypriot women. Fythkiotiko is characterized by multi-colored geometrical embossed or plumes, as they are called by the weavers which are formed into cotton material of natural color.
This type of woven fabric was developed in the Paphos district, with the village of Fyti taking centre-stage and being the district’s main weaving centre, and the village from which the fabric took its name. Today, fythkiotika are still being created by the few remaining Fythkiotisses (women from Fyti) who still live in the village or relocated after wedlock - or for other reasons - to Nicosia and Paphos. The tradition is also carried out by weavers trained by the Cyprus Handicraft Service.
The craft of pottery was introduced to the life of the Cypriots since the Neolithic era.
Ceramics is an ancient craft that has become one of the most outstanding areas of Cypriot arts and skills thanks to the ease of working with the materials and its widespread use in daily life. Nowadays, pottery has evolved and can be seen as fine art in galleries.
Ceramic objects have an innate authenticity, and ceramic art is a journey through quests. Cyprus, having the art of Ceramics deeply rooted in its tradition for centuries, couldn’t just abandon it but elevate it to a higher level.
The values of quality and tradition are preserved in the marriage of folk and contemporary craftsmanship.
The walls are lined with ceramics and archaic forms. There is a wooden bench carved with patterns and motifs, a shop filled with exquisite, handcrafted creations, and a lush garden that plays host to no less than eight different workshops. Together they embody craftsmanship in its most unified form. This is the Cyprus Handicraft, and it is the ultimate revival venue for Cypriot folk art. Here visitors can witness the creation of a variety of folk art objects by the skilled hands of the local artisans, peruse and purchase authentic items of traditional craftsmanship and participate in workshops.
The revival of traditional arts takes place on 186 Athalassas Avenue in Nicosia.
Heritage can never be forgotten
Basketry / straw-mat making is craftsmanship that has not changed over time. There are very few tools required, and the raw material is reed, wicker, or straw. Different types of baskets can be made, such as the large “kofina” or woven baskets used to collect and transport agricultural produce, the linen baskets, and the baskets used by the fishermen.
An 8m Santa
The 8-meter artwork by Costas Mantzalos draws inspiration from the patterns of traditional lace-making techniques while using a contemporary illustrative/graphic approach. Costas Mantzalos was trained as a visual artist and also specialized in information design in the UK. He is, at present, the Dean of the School of Arts, Communication, and Cultural Studies at Frederick University. Parallel to his academic career, Mantzalos has been involved in numerous international art and design consultations for Unicef, Hilton Hotels, Coca Cola etc. Since 1996 he has been the co-founder of the TWO|FOUR|TWO art group, an art collective with architect Constantinos Kounnis. The TWO|FOUR|TWO collective has been actively involved in the international art scene with shows in Amsterdam, Dortmund, Erlangen, Melbourne, and Nicosia, and participation in various art events and festivals in Athens, Berlin, Naples, New Delhi, Frankfurt, and Paris.