hand-made items can be purchased from Souvenir Shops, found in every corner of
the island. At the Handicraft Center in Nicosia, visitors can see the artisans
weaving, basket-making, wood-carving, producing leather articles, pottery and
traditional hand-made copper items. A
large variety of hand-produced items are on sale at the Center's shop. The workshops
are open from Monday to Friday: 07:30 - 14:30 and Thursday 15:00 - 18:00.
Handicraft Service has similar shops in Laiki Yitonia in Nicosia, and in Limassol,
Larnaca and Paphos towns.
At Laiki Yitonia in Nicosia, craftsmen still produce
art - and craft-work in the traditional way, and from the shops there, visitors
can buy genuine masterpieces of Cyprus hand- made items. In various villages and
districts many kinds of hand-made art and craft-work are still produced by villagers
in the traditional way. Some of these renowned villages are:
on the southern slopes of Troodos mountains about an hour's drive from Nicosia.
Village known for its pottery, laces and traditional chairs.
on the southern slopes of Troodos mountains, about an hour's drive from Limassol.
Village known for its embroideries.
off the Nicosia- Limassol motorway, 45 minutes drive from Limassol
or Larnaca. Village known for its embroideries and silverware.
Marathassa valley, on the northern slopes of Troodos mountains. Village known
for its traditional wooden carved basins.
Famagusta area, 10 minutes drive from Ayia Napa. Village known
for its basket ware.
20 minutes drive from Limassol, off the Nicosia- Limassol motorway. Village, known
for its pottery.
3 km, (1 1/2 m) east of Paphos town. Village known for its basket ware.
Paphos area. (45 minutes drive from Paphos). Village
known for its tapestry.