Our Traditional Art Museum, presents through its exhibits the Cypriot life and art of the recent past. This remarkable collection both in variety and quality opens a window into a world where all necessary artefacts were handmade. Having lost their practical use, these handicrafts found their place in folk art museums.
The Museum collection was assembled by its owner, Christos Christophorou, who since the 1980s systematically collects folk art items.
The Museum features almost all types of objects used in everyday rural life, as follows:
- Agricultural implements related to the traditional cultivation of cereals, olive trees and vine.
- Harnessing equipment such as saddles, bridles and others.
- Pre-industrial installations for the production of olive-oil and zivania (Cyprus eau de vie).
- Tools used by traditional craftsmen, such as cobblers, carpenters, blacksmiths, coppersmiths, gold- and silversmiths, potters and others. The artefacts of traditional craftsmen served all everyday needs, both at work and at home. A prominent craft was weaving, mostly practiced by women, who used the traditional loom to produce dress items and home linen.
- Articles of household equipment, namely copper and ceramic cooking pots, wooden furniture and bread making utensils, baskets, glass oil-lamps and rosewater sprinklers, textiles, storage and table ware, decorative items, ceramic and silver incense burners for averting the evil eye and others.
- Objects of personal adornment.
All the above, illuminate different aspects of the everyday life of peasants and artisans. In a society based on subsistence economy, people produced on their own almost everything they consumed.