Last week, I made a visit to Cyprus Handicraft Centre in Nicosia. For months, I wanted to check out the handicraft center because I thought it was going to have an open market with Cypriots selling their handmade goods. Turns out it is a demonstration of how traditional folk art is made today. In collaboration with the Cyprus government and UN High Commission, the handicraft centre is a place for visitors to watch demonstrations of traditional Cypriot folk art – tapestry, woodwork, pottery, weaving – in one location.
I believe Linus and I were the only visitors of the morning, but it was early by Cypriot standards. The day was still young for more visitors to stop by.
(Photos above: Project statement of the Cyprus Handicraft Center and beautiful open courtyard area.)
(Photos above: Embroidery workshop)
(Photos above: Weaving workshop. Using modern with traditional folk art – old t-shirts into beautiful rugs)
(Photos above: Pottery workshop)
(Photos above: Sewing workshop)
(Photos above: Showroom of final products)
(Photos above: Items in the gift shop for purchase)
Stop by to watch traditional Cypriot folk art being made right before your eyes. It’s free and educational for the family.
There are several other handicraft centre locations around Cyprus:
Nicosia – 186 Athalassa Ave. – Tel: 22305024
Larnaca – 6 Cosma Lysioti – Tel: 24304327
Limassol – 25 Themidos – Tel: 25305118
Paphos – 64 Apostolos Pavlos Ave. – Tel: 26306243