Lacemaking in Lefkara, Cyprus: A 15th Century Handicraft Faces Globalization

Lacemaking in Lefkara, Cyprus: A 15th Century Handicraft Faces Globalization

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Landis Carey
May 26, 2011

Lacemaking in Lefkara, Cyprus from Etsy on Vimeo.

"Lefkara lace is a style of cut-out embroidery that combines mercerized thread and linen for the home. These delicate geometric designs are inspired by the surrounding landscapes of Lefkara, Cyprus, resembling rivers, snails and tree branches," writes The Etsy Blog. Truly a time honored craft, this traditional lace-making technique, known as Lefkaritika, is fading away as the pressures of globalization and machine-made replicas from Greece and China meet demand. Watch this artfully-produced video to hear from the few women still practicing this handicraft.

(Video: The Etsy Blog)

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