Takis & Gregoria Traditional House

At the foot of Troodos Mountains is the legendary Lefkara village. In the Venetian times, the local women adopted an embroidery technique from the Italian craftswomen, which later got the name “Lefkaritika”. This delicate embroidery art is hand-made on linen featuring some traditional elements and patterns. It is a very time-consuming process and can take from two weeks to several months to produce. No wonder this original style of hand embroidery was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List! During his visit to Lefkara, Leonardo da Vinci was fascinated by an embroidered lace tablecloth, which he purchased to cover the altar at the Duomo Cathedral in Milan. Another eminent feature of Lefkara is the silver handicrafts, created by the men of the village. The handmade silver jewelry created with one of the oldest techniques of metal processing – filigree technique, is like an elegant silver lace! The family workshop Takis & Gregoria Traditional House, passed from father to son for many generations, is located in Pano Lefkara. Here, you will learn more about the history and evolution of the most famous Cypriot embroidery art and filigree technique. And of course, you may also purchase your favourite pieces of hand-made jewels of the island!