When did you start embroidering?
I actually started learning at the age of 8. I learned how to embroider and cut the linen from my grandmother. After I finished college, I opened my first workshop at the age of 22 as I wanted to stay in my village and continue the Lefkara lace tradition.
What is your great skill and specialisation?
I use traditional designs and materials, but I can actually cut and embroider without looking at a pattern. I also enjoy creating my own unique designs. Each piece I embroider is the same on both sides, a feature that defines perfect embroidery.
©Margarita Charalambous Raouna
Do you think your craft will die out?
Yes, I believe we are the last generation of Lefkara lace embroiders. Young girls do not have the patience to learn how to embroider, and most importantly to work on a piece until they finish it. Our work is time-consuming, it takes a long time to finish a piece.
Would you encourage a young person to pursue your craft?
I would actually, because Lefkara lace is unique in the world. I would warn them that it requires patience and dedication that do not always pay off. However, it offers a great joy to see your tradition come alive in your hands.