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  • Hand-made Lefkaritiko lace.
    Hand-made Lefkaritiko lace.
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  • Hand-made laces in Lefkara
    Hand-made laces in Lefkara
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  • Pottery on the island of Cyprus
    Pottery on the island of Cyprus
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    (anywhere): Be clever when you buy Local Products

    by greekcypriot Updated Apr 17, 2011

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    The products I mention below can be found anywhere on the island and especially in touristy areas.

    What To Buy: If you come to Cyprus you will surely buy anything that has to do with leather.
    This can be a leather suitcase, (even if it is not leather, the quality is good and much cheaper than anywhere else). Trendy bags, and trendy clothes from the many boutiques in the central area. There are so many shops to choose from. I don't want to advertise one, but each time I fly to Cyprus I see more and more nice shops.

    Silverware is also popular and there are many silversmiths' shops. Be aware though and don't trust easily. You might get silver plated things instead of silver.
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    Some other ideas for Popular Art and Craft Souvenirs which can easily be found across the Island of Cyprus -

    Lace Delicate hand-made lace from Lefkara and Omodos has been famous for centuries.
    The real hand-made lace is a bit expensive but it is much work and they are worth it.

    Rugs and Carpets Colourful decorative and hard-wearing woollen rugs are made in all sizes, in geometric patterns and stripes of red, orange, yellow and brown.

    Embroidery - Fine needlework is an age-old Cypriot skill. Embroidered tablecloths, napkins and bed-linen are widely sold.

    Icons - Genuine antique fans are rare and costly, but many galleries offer beautifully painted copies of museum pieces.

    Ceramics - pretty places- bowls and pitchers in traditional patterns make great gifts, and there are plenty of imaginatively painted modern pieces too.

    Gold and Silver - Bracelets, chains, rings and earrings are real bargains. Most gold is 18-carat - look for the hallmark of the Cyprus Goldsmiths Association.

    Musical Instruments - Antique lutes, cymbals and drums can be found in many antiques shops.

    Reed Baskets - Multicoloured bread baskets are practical and decorative gifts or souvenirs.

    Antique Copperware - Look out for old kettles and coffee pots, jugs and antique hubble-bubble pipes in Nicosia.

    What To Pay: And if you come to a shop that sells clothes with the metre, especially cashmere check well the quality before you buy.
    Don't trust the quality if the trade mark sign is not weaven on the cloth, because there are many owners of these shops that just iron a stamp on the pieces of cloth they sell.

    You just have to be a bit careful. You can even ask for a small discount, but don't think that Cyprus is like an Arab country where you can bargain and don't expect the price to go down a lot. Sometimes it depends on the mood of the shopkeeper, but you don't lose anything to ask for a small discount.

    Hand-made laces in Lefkara

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    Anywhere!: Things to Buy from Cyprus

    by greekcypriot Written Mar 26, 2011

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    The most popular sourvenir are the leather bags, and suitcases.
    Even if you don't choose a leather one, still you can buy a normal suitcase of good quality and in a good price.

    Secondly, silverwork is popular and you can find plenty of these in the silverwork stores which can be found in big cities.

    Thirdly pottery is very popular, and I consider taking a bottle of Koumandaria,(Cypriot wine) or Zivania, another Cypriot spirit.

    How about -Soutzouko? It is made of juice of grapes with walnuts, and your friends will love it. Buy it in local markets.

    Duty free goods are much cheaper in the Larnaca airport than anywhere else in Europe. How about icons, and local crafts? A nice present for you to buy is the
    "Lefkara lace" but buy it from a shop and not any local market. These are a bit expensive but they are handmade and the cloth used is Irish Linen.

    Hand-made Lefkaritiko lace. Pottery on the island of Cyprus

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