Throughout history, hands have been grasping dried reeds and weaving them into objects of all shapes and sizes, such as trays, baskets and containers, to serve domestic needs. A popular handicraft in Cyprus, especially throughout the villages, it was the women’s get-together creation. Today, a few places remain where basket weaving is made the traditional way and Ineia Basketry Museum is a charming way to experience this traditional art.
The museum, located along the hills overlooking Akamas Bay, takes you on a journey through the history of basketry in Cyprus, culminating in a colourful and impressive exhibition.
In Cyprus, the art of basketry was widely known by men, women, and children. While baskets mainly served functional purposes, they also decorated homes and traditional wedding celebrations. Known as paneria, they play a key role in Cypriot weddings. Prior to the church ceremony, in separate celebrations at the bride and groom’s respective homes, the clothes of the bride and groom are displayed on colourful woven trays and placed on a table. Close friends and family dance to live music around this table prior to dressing the bride and groom.
Ineia’s museum offers you the chance to glance at a part of the island’s folkloric history, and is well worth a visit.
From June to September the museum is open Monday – Friday: 11:00 – 13:00 / 16:00 – 19:00 and on Saturday it is open from 11:00 to 13:00.
Sunday visits can be arranged upon request.
The museum is open all year round except on Public Holidays.
Entrance to the Basketry museum is free and there it is wheelchair accessible.
- Monday 15:00 – 18:00
- Tuesday 15:00 – 18:00
- Wednesday 15:00 – 18:00
- Thursday 15:00 – 18:00
- Friday 15:00 – 18:00
- Saturday 11:00 – 13:00