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Legend has it that the intricate needlework used in embroidery known as "Lefkaritiko lace" was of such high quality that Leonardo Da Vinci himself bought a tablecloth when he visited this mountainous village during the late 15th century and gifted it to Milan's cathedral.The skills involved in hand-stitching the embroidery that uses Irish linen and French thread have been passed down from generation to generation for some 600 years.But with a full-sized tablecloth taking up to two years to make and now selling for up to 4,000 euros ($4,500) and tourists increasingly settling for cheaper imitations, embroidery is fast becoming a dying art in this village, says shop owner Louis Papaloizou, whose own grandmother Elizabeth was reputed to be the first woman to journey abroad to sell Lefkaritiko lace.
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