Lefkara Zivania
Lefkara Zivinia is an alcohol packaging project inspired by the villages surrounding Lefkara which my family is from. The logo design is inspired by Lefkara lace which is from a famous hand stitch and needle point edgings which make intricate geometric patterns.
The strong drink dates back to the 14th century when the island was under Venetian rule and is still made in the same tradition today. Grape pomace is mixed with high-quality dry wines made from the indigenous grapes of Mavro (black) and Xynisteri (white), then distilled and mellowed for a long period. Distillation takes place in a ‘kazani’ with three different processes producing different qualities and intensity of the drink. The resulting liquid is clear and highly potent and can be drunk as an aperitif – best served cold from the freezer.
The Cypriot village of Lefkara is where the Cypriot folk needlecraft art of ‘Lefkarito’ is born. The village is situated at the foot of the Troodos Mountains in the south eastern region. The name of Lefkara village derives from the colour of the surrounding calcareous rocks with ’Lefkara ’meaning ‘White rocks’. The Lefkara region has most probably been inhabited for centuries, the settlement is likely to have progressively been established and developed reaching its current status during the Arab raids between the 7th and 9th century A.D
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