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PEATS Cyprus – Putting Ancient Skills into Fashion for Jobs & Cultural Sustainability. 

Dates: 3rd June to  4th July 2019     2020 dates online from Jan/Febr 2020
Number of UK Participants: 8 FULL
Duration: 32 days


This placement is hosted by Kato Drys. The group will be based in the village of Pano Lefkara, staying in a traditional courtyard village house on a self catering basis. There will be limited use of a car but only if some of the participants are over 23 years old and have a clean licence.

Cyprus is a country with a rich tradition of handicrafts due in part to the variety of the people who settled there from Neolithic times through the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders, Venetians, Ottomans and British people.  Each race left something of note in the country’s patrimony. With Kato Drys Community Council (KDCC), the 2017 placement will focus on lace making, mosaic, rope making & pottery

Lefkara Lace is classified by UNESCO as ‘intangible cultural heritage under threat’. Grampus and KDCC have worked together for 6 years now to put embroidery lace and cut-threadwork into modern linen and denim clothing. Participants have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to add motifs to dresses, blouses or shirts. Is participants are able, there is the chance to also make a dress from scratch from linen cloth. This part of the placement may be finished off with a fashion show or photoshoot

Mosaic has been important in Cyprus since Greek (Hellenistic) times and there are numerous examples to see – especially Roman and Byzantine mosaics at the ancient city of Kourion. Particiapnts will complete a personal round mosaic set in a floor tile and there may also be the opportunity to work in a group on a larger community art mosaic in Kato Drys. Usually glass & tile are used, but the group might experiment with other contemporary materials.

Rope and twine making is evidenced in ancient carvings. The group will use a variety of grasses and bark to make their own rope and twine and combine these into a usable product such as a hat, skirt, bee skep, etc.  The group might also cover/re-seat an old traditional chair. This part of the placement will allow the participants to bring design elements in and use different textures and colours of natural material, even using dyes that the group will make.

Pottery has been the centre of craft industry in the village of Kornos for many hundreds of years, maybe even from Neolithic times. The group will work with the ladies of the pottery co-operative and make thier own utility and decorative items.  Jewellery can also be made, which will be fired in a kiln in the village then have it glazed in Nicosia. In the spirit of “Trash to Fashion”, the group will use re-fired and re-glazed roof tile pieces.

The group will also visit the local silversmiths to see the whole process of their casting work, and anyone with a special interest can spend longer with the silversmiths.

Depending on interest, the group might also upscale a traditional textile pattern onto a museum wall

Cultural activities may include visiting Nicosia, Kourion (archaeology), Larnaca and Limassol and possibly into the Troodos mountains. It may also be possible to swim in sea early evening – about 25 mins drive.

accommodation: shared twin rooms


The Erasmus + funding will cover return UK flights insurance, accommodation and food. Participants should take extra spending money for personal purchases and excursions.

If you are interested in this placement, then please read through the information on the PEATS traditional skills main page. You will find the application form is available to download on this page, as is the “Quality Commitment” which all applicants have to read.

For past participant feedback, please refer to the Participants Report page

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission

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