The Lefkara Laces

The Lefkara Laces
– From Cyprus – A Beautiful Island Country in the Mediterranean

Organized by The Nippon Club
Supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Cyprus

The Exhibition presents a number of the Lefkaritika Laces & other laces of Cyprus that represent part of the history & tradition of the island of Cyprus.

The tradition of lace-making in the village of Lefkara in southeastern Cyprus dates back to at least the fourteenth century. Influenced by indigenous craft, the embroidery of Venetian courtiers who ruled the country beginning in 1489, and Ancient Greek and Byzantine geometric patterns, Lefkara lace is made by hand in designs combining four basic elements: the hemstitch, cut work, satin stitch fillings and needlepoint endings. This combined art and social practice is still the primary occupation of women in the village who create distinctive tablecloths, napkins and show pieces while sitting together and talking in the narrow streets or on covered patios. Unique mastery of the craft is passed to young girls through years of informal exposure and then formal instruction by their mother or grandmother in applying cotton thread to linen. When she has learned her art thoroughly, the lace-maker uses her imagination to design work that embodies both tradition and her own personality. Testament to the ability to appreciate multiple influences and incorporate them into one’s own culture, lace-making is at the centre of daily life for women of Lefkara and a proud symbol of their identity.

According to tradition, in 15th century Leonardo da Vinci visited Cyprus and took a Lefkara lace back to Italy with him, which today decorates Duomo Cathedral in Milan.

The Lefkara laces or Lefkaritika are inscribed in 2009 (4.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – UNESCO.

At the exhibition, about 50 pcs of Lefkaritika will be displayed.

Period 4/19 (Thu)-4/25 (Wed)
Hours Mon-Fri 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday closed
Location The Nippon Gallery (Nippon Club 7th floor)
145 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
Admission Admission: Free


Naoki Nomura Original KIMONO Exhibition

Period 5/8 (Tue)-5/14 (Mon)

“Kacho-Fugetsu – Beauties of Nature”


For nearly a half century, Naoki Nomura has been designing kimono. Schooled in the Kyo Yuzen style of kimono design, Mr. Nomura focuses on the natural beauty in Japan. Mr. Nomura believes that a kimono should enhance the charm and beauty of the person who wears it and that his creations only truly become “kimono” when they are worn. He hopes that this display of his works will help people understand the richness of kimono design.

The exhibition showcases original Kimonos and obi depicting “Kacho-Fugetsu”, which is “Beauties of Nature” such as flower, birds, wind and moon – common Japanese motifs for art.

Nomura uses various colors he himself created to spectacularly depict beauties of nature. Nomura’s Kimonos embrace both tradition and elegance, with a flair for the modern. We invite you to experience the beauty of Nomura’s kimonos as they travel from Kyoto to New York.  Please don’t miss this opportunity.

Period: Tuesday, May 8 – Monday, May 14, 2018
Hours: Mon – Fri: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday closed
The exhibition will close at 4:00 pm on May 14th.
Venue: The Nippon Gallery at The Nippon Club
145 West 57th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10019
Contact: Tel: 212-581-2223 Fax: 212-581-3332


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