Artisan : Stavroula Prokopiou
Born : 1933
Region : Akrotiri, Cyprus
Work made : Fuctional baskets in ranging sizes and colours
Material & methods : 10 different species of local rushes, Soft basketry - basket-weaving
Statement : Stavroula learnt her craft from her mother. She learnt when she was just 10 years old and she has been making baskets ever since... for 67 years. She has a daughter who doesn't make baskets or know how to, she lives in Paphos. Her customers are mainly from the centre in Akrotiri or the Cyprus handicraft service, who buy from her to sell in their stores. She tells me that the different rushes are collected during the summer months, but some are collected fresh as it is required fo the details. There are no reeds used in the basketry in Akrotiri..... hence the name 'soft-basketry'