Handicrafts are often the liveliest and most significant expression of a country’s cultural identity. Traditional motifs, colours, and patterns belonging to previous centuries continue to be used on objects produced today in North Cyprus. These objects, which had different functions in the past, are used decoratively today and sometimes in a new, modern context.
Wood carvings, knitting, hand-woven fabrics, silkworm cocoon work, traditional costume and needlework are all produced using traditional techniques specific to North Cyprus. Many handicraft workshops and establishments in the TRNC use traditional production techniques to create, exhibit and sell these works. Courses are also given to promote traditional handicrafts using colours, patterns, and motifs specific to North Cyprus.