Livadia village is home to a unique basket weaving folkart using cane and reeds, and the preservation of this significant part of the village’s history has now been secured through the new Craft of Caning Museum, which showcases the art of weaving and was inaugurated in November 2016.
The museum is an initiative by Livadia Municipality to create a space to preserve and share its traditional basketry ‘calamoti’, which is only practised by a handful of women today, but was once an incredibly important part of the villagers’ everyday life and employment.
In olden days, the women spent whole days of the year paring and splitting reeds in order to make various basketry products, and Livadia is the only place on the island where ‘psatharkes’ (traditionally used for roofing) are still made, with the craft also included on the UNESCO Intangible World Heritage List.
The new museum displays this rich history in a modern and attractive way within a structure itself made with cane, and comprises a large array of baskets, musical instruments, tools and other interesting exhibits and information, including a photographic exhibition.
Address: Dikaiosinis 1, 7060, Livadia Village
Contact No: Tel: +357 2482 1740 / 9920 8000, Fax: +357 2463 5414
Operating Hours: Wednesday: 09:00 – 13:00 / 16:00-18:00, Friday & Saturday: 09:00 – 13:00
Entrance Fee: Adults, €2 / Under 12’s, €1
Please Note: Opening and closing times as well as entrance fees, are subject to alterations without notice. Visitors are advised to check before visiting.
Courtesy of the CTO