If someone told you I had a sister from Cyprus, I would think the person is slightly nuts. But guess what: I just found out I do have a sister from Cyprus, alas not a person per se but a wonderful new label called ‘Sister’. But let me tell you the pre-story quickly: I met Antonia, the girl behind Sister, a while ago on Instagram. As someone who has a dear relationship with Greece and Cyprus, I was intrigued when I heard of her plans to start a lable promoting Cypriot artisans and Cypriot design. One day I was in Berlin for a project and while I was having a coffee break in a café, a charming young lady approached me and said: You are Igor, right? I am Antonia! Yes, sometimes you meet people if you are meant to meet them. Without planning, without arranging. And a few days later she sent me a little surpise package with goodies from – yes you guessed right – my SISTER from Cyprus!
Antonia told me more about her new label ‘Sister’. Antonia, herself a Cypriot, lives in Berlin and had the desire to promote local craftsmanship and artisans from the Mediterranean island also known as Aphrodite’s birthplace. With Sister she created a platform for curated, handcrafted products from Cyprus. And I love it. Because I think Cyprus deserves much more attention – it is more than just a beautiful holiday destination. Did you know that Cyprus was home to humans already in the 10th millennium BC?!
The label Sister currently focuses on two product ranges – jewelry and ceramics. Sister jewelry is handcrafted by two brothers, George and Panagiotis, in the picturesque village of Lefkara, in a workshop they have been running since 1968. Sister jewelry draws inspiration from traditional Cypriot mythological and Christian images, statues and stories. As someone who loves archaelogy I was totally fascinated by the pendants depicting ancient idols – and yes I had to get one for myself too!
Sister ceramics are thrown, fired and glazed by Panikos, a ceramics artist near the coastal city of Limassol. Panikos’ ceramics are functional pieces in evocative curves and expressive colours; vases, carafes and plates, essential to the Southern Mediterranean “meze” style of eating, often impressed with traditional Cypriot lace. Also the pomegranate as a recurrent symbol of fertility and luck from the Mediterranean is present. I love the speckled white pieces and got myself a beautiful water carafe and a little vase for dried flowers.
Seeing all these beautiful pieces from Cyprus makes me think of my last trip to Aphrodite’s island. It is way too long ago and I kinda feel the need to revisit Cyprus again – the sooner the better. Maybe I will simply align with Antonia and then visit the artisans and their studios in situ. That, a few archaeological sites, beautiful churches, and the beach – I think I am ready for holidays. Again. And hey, now we all have a Sister from Cyprus (you can also finde ‘her’ on Instagram). So see you soon on the sunny island of Cyprus!
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Photography by Igor Josifovic and via Sister