Artisan : Theano Mavrelle
Born : 1940
Region : Phyti Cyprus
Work made : Textiles Phithkiolika
Material used : sheep wool, Cotton and silk
Methods used : Minerals and natural pigments used in dying processes, spinning, and weaving  
Statement : Theano learnt her skills from her grandmother. There used to be 100 looms in the village, today only 2 remain. Her children and grand-children know how to weave in the traditional way, but they don't. Only sometimes, they might weave together in the holidays. Theano spins the silk (the raw material) into thread. Next to her sits a bucket of silk worms. I am told they hatch in April and live for two months. The eggs stay in the dark. If they hatch early, they die and no silk will be yield. She doesn't dye her own yarns now, but historically, barks, roots, pine trees, walnut leaves, bark and madder were used to yield pigment for the weavings.