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Postby T_C » Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:41 pm

Hey you guys, hope everyone is well.. :D

My mum is flying to Cyprus next week and I want this book;

http://www.moufflon.com.cy/product/λευκαρίτικα-τεχνη-και-παραδοση/

Would she be able to find this in most places, or somewhere specific?

Please help...
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Re: Lefkara Lace

Postby T_C » Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:56 pm

:lol:

Sorry, too hasty. Didn't even occur to me the website was in English...

Shame! :oops:
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Re: Lefkara Lace

Postby RichardB » Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:23 am

Blimey TC where you been? Guess you hardly recognise the forum now!
There are still a few of us old buggers around
Hope all is well with you and your mum manages to get your book
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Re: Lefkara Lace

Postby Sotos » Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:29 am

You can order it online from the website and they also have a bookstore (look at the bottom for the address)
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Re: Lefkara Lace

Postby T_C » Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:43 pm

I've been good thanks. I am on the forum regularly, though only spectating.. :D

I would order it myself, but she asked me if I wanted something, i'd rather my own 60 euros went towards the real thing and not the book as I've become a bit of a fanatic collector of Lefkara lace. :oops:

According to Androula Hadjiyiasemi's book, prior to 1900 most if not all Lefkara designs were worked on cotton or cambric. Anyone know if that's correct?!

The reason I ask is I often come across older "Italian" laces which carry distinct elements of Lefkara...I wonder if such pieces are the bridge between Italian & Lefkara lace?
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Re: Lefkara Lace

Postby Pyrpolizer » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:18 pm

T_C wrote:I've been good thanks. I am on the forum regularly, though only spectating.. :D

I would order it myself, but she asked me if I wanted something, i'd rather my own 60 euros went towards the real thing and not the book as I've become a bit of a fanatic collector of Lefkara lace. :oops:

According to Androula Hadjiyiasemi's book, prior to 1900 most if not all Lefkara designs were worked on cotton or cambric. Anyone know if that's correct?!

The reason I ask is I often come across older "Italian" laces which carry distinct elements of Lefkara...I wonder if such pieces are the bridge between Italian & Lefkara lace?


My grandmother was making her living doing Lefkara lace. She was from a village nearby and it looks all women in the area knew the art.
There were pieces for big dining room tables that would take her almost a year to finish!
From what I remember she was using some rather thick type of fabric similar colour to that shown on the book cover.The threads were either white or gold-brown the latter been more expensive.
When she would finish them she would iron them and they really looked like pieces of art.
Each of her grandchildren still has one piece about 1 square meter that she made with her own hands, in her memory

There's definitively a connection between Lefkara and Italy, I think the Lefkarites/Lefkaricis were Venetians actually. Even the style of their houses over there looks more like that of Italian villages.

Good to see you around T-C are you sure you do not originate from the Venetians yourself? I mean most Varoshiotes are :wink:
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Re: Lefkara Lace

Postby RichardB » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:36 pm

Pyrpolizer wrote:
T_C wrote:I've been good thanks. I am on the forum regularly, though only spectating.. :D

I would order it myself, but she asked me if I wanted something, i'd rather my own 60 euros went towards the real thing and not the book as I've become a bit of a fanatic collector of Lefkara lace. :oops:

According to Androula Hadjiyiasemi's book, prior to 1900 most if not all Lefkara designs were worked on cotton or cambric. Anyone know if that's correct?!

The reason I ask is I often come across older "Italian" laces which carry distinct elements of Lefkara...I wonder if such pieces are the bridge between Italian & Lefkara lace?


My grandmother was making her living doing Lefkara lace. She was from a village nearby and it looks all women in the area knew the art.
There were pieces for big dining room tables that would take her almost a year to finish!
From what I remember she was using some rather thick type of fabric similar colour to that shown on the book cover.The threads were either white or gold-brown the latter been more expensive.
When she would finish them she would iron them and they really looked like pieces of art.
Each of her grandchildren still has one piece about 1 square meter that she made with her own hands, in her memory

There's definitively a connection between Lefkara and Italy, I think the Lefkarites/Lefkaricis were Venetians actually. Even the style of their houses over there looks more like that of Italian villages.

Good to see you around T-C are you sure you do not originate from the Venetians yourself? I mean most Varoshiotes are :wink:


My wife (now 60 yo) made lefkaritika from the age of 8 ( she was tought by her yia yia ) We have a suitcase full of it in the attic. When I was over last September I took my grandson to visit the Leventis museum where they had a display on and explained to him that HIS yia yia made the same.... He didn't believe me till we got back and I showed him...I will try and post some pictures in the next couple of days.......Btw she also made pafitika and other lacework. .
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Re: Lefkara Lace

Postby Pyrpolizer » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:54 pm

RichardB wrote:
Pyrpolizer wrote:
T_C wrote:I've been good thanks. I am on the forum regularly, though only spectating.. :D

I would order it myself, but she asked me if I wanted something, i'd rather my own 60 euros went towards the real thing and not the book as I've become a bit of a fanatic collector of Lefkara lace. :oops:

According to Androula Hadjiyiasemi's book, prior to 1900 most if not all Lefkara designs were worked on cotton or cambric. Anyone know if that's correct?!

The reason I ask is I often come across older "Italian" laces which carry distinct elements of Lefkara...I wonder if such pieces are the bridge between Italian & Lefkara lace?


My grandmother was making her living doing Lefkara lace. She was from a village nearby and it looks all women in the area knew the art.
There were pieces for big dining room tables that would take her almost a year to finish!
From what I remember she was using some rather thick type of fabric similar colour to that shown on the book cover.The threads were either white or gold-brown the latter been more expensive.
When she would finish them she would iron them and they really looked like pieces of art.
Each of her grandchildren still has one piece about 1 square meter that she made with her own hands, in her memory

There's definitively a connection between Lefkara and Italy, I think the Lefkarites/Lefkaricis were Venetians actually. Even the style of their houses over there looks more like that of Italian villages.

Good to see you around T-C are you sure you do not originate from the Venetians yourself? I mean most Varoshiotes are :wink:


My wife (now 60 yo) made lefkaritika from the age of 8 ( she was tought by her yia yia ) We have a suitcase full of it in the attic. When I was over last September I took my grandson to visit the Leventis museum where they had a display on and explained to him that HIS yia yia made the same.... He didn't believe me till we got back and I showed him...I will try and post some pictures in the next couple of days.......Btw she also made pafitika and other lacework. .


These are super expensive things Richard, you shouldn't have them in the attic risking getting destroyed from moth, i think there are specially made cases to keep them.
The dining table cover that my yiayia was making could easily be sold for 5000+ Euros today :!:
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Re: Lefkara Lace

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:35 pm

Hi T_C :D Good to see your interest hasn't wavered.

You got me thinking about this and since I've recently given (and sold) a lot of my mother and grandmother's lacework (I had tons that I could no longer store) I've been checking this out a bit too.

My mother could turn her hand to anything and the lacework she made was superior to Lefkara lace in detail - although some is very similar (depending on the final purpose). Some of my grandmother's (mainland Greek) lace is unbelievably fine - one woman went berserk when she saw a very long strip of my grandmother's lace and decided to redesign her wedding outfit so that she could add this as a trim. I decided to give it to her as would my gran have done.

Anyway, this type of lacework would either have been transferred horizontally from the mainland or possibly (unlikely) via the Venetians as Greek lace predates the Venetian lace. Also, examining some pieces, I have to say, Lefkara lace is much more similar to Greek lace than it is to the Venetian lace.
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Re: Lefkara Lace

Postby T_C » Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:46 pm

Pyrpolizer wrote:
T_C wrote:I've been good thanks. I am on the forum regularly, though only spectating.. :D

I would order it myself, but she asked me if I wanted something, i'd rather my own 60 euros went towards the real thing and not the book as I've become a bit of a fanatic collector of Lefkara lace. :oops:

According to Androula Hadjiyiasemi's book, prior to 1900 most if not all Lefkara designs were worked on cotton or cambric. Anyone know if that's correct?!

The reason I ask is I often come across older "Italian" laces which carry distinct elements of Lefkara...I wonder if such pieces are the bridge between Italian & Lefkara lace?


My grandmother was making her living doing Lefkara lace. She was from a village nearby and it looks all women in the area knew the art.
There were pieces for big dining room tables that would take her almost a year to finish!
From what I remember she was using some rather thick type of fabric similar colour to that shown on the book cover.The threads were either white or gold-brown the latter been more expensive.
When she would finish them she would iron them and they really looked like pieces of art.
Each of her grandchildren still has one piece about 1 square meter that she made with her own hands, in her memory

There's definitively a connection between Lefkara and Italy, I think the Lefkarites/Lefkaricis were Venetians actually. Even the style of their houses over there looks more like that of Italian villages.

Good to see you around T-C are you sure you do not originate from the Venetians yourself? I mean most Varoshiotes are :wink:


Likewise Pyro. It's so cool that you have a piece made by your nan. The sentimental pieces and those which tell a story are the most magical. One of the most special pieces I own isn't even Lefkara, but a small Armenian Cypriot silk tablecloth from the 19th century. It was sent as a gift to someone and I have the accompanying letter explaining it's provenance.

You know I always wonder about my own history. I know I'm a mixture of stuff...but I'd quite like to know the specifics... :lol:
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