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.
Timeless weaving tradition
Only the best materials are used to provide the highest degree of quality, and the beauty and uniqueness of each creation.
Fythkiotiko stands as one of the most precious textile traditions on the island. Woven with skill, passion, and a deep connection to the land, Fythkiotiko patterns have been essential to Cyprus's cultural tapestry.
In a modern tribute to this timeless tradition, we incorporated the Fythkiotiko pattern into our travel booth for Routes World 2023, celebrating Cyprus's rich history and vibrant culture.
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