Basket making is one of the island's oldest handicrafts and many of the villaghes in the Paphos District have been famous in the past for their basketry including Inia, Arodhes Kritou Terra, Droushia, Goudhi and Mesoyi. In the Limassol area, basketmakers can still be seen at work in Akrotiri village and in the Larnaca area, Liopetri has always had a good reputation for its baskets.
Cyprus has an abundance of suitable raw materials including canes, rushes and the thin flexible branches of the turpentine tree. Long ago, before pottery was made, inhabitants of the island smeared the inside of baskets with mud and covered this with lime to make them waterproof, so they could be used for storing flour, wine and olive oil.
Baskets were made in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and before the invention of plastic were widely used by housewives for storing clothes and food as well as shaping cheeses, carrying produce from the market and as colourful wall decorations.
The museum was opened as part of an initiative for rural development in the Akamas to revive the local handicrafts and is in the renovated school house that stands in the church yard in the centre of the village.
Inia Basket Museum
Open June - September Monday-Saturday 1
1.00-1.00 p.m., 4.00-7.00 p.m.
October– May Monday-Friday
11.00 -1.00 p.m., 2.00 - 4.00 p.m.,Saturdays 11.00-1.00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays. Free admission Gift shop.
For further information please telephone 00357-26-332562/ 99-077363 for further details.
The basket museum in Inia Cyprus, a great place to check out on your Cyprus holiday.
The Inia basket museum is located near the Akamas peninsula - a great place to explore and discover the wilderness of Cyprus, especially if you have hired a 4X4 for your Cyprus Holiday
For a wide range of things to to do in Paphos resort and town including other great museums - visit our Paphos page