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Here are some of the Turkish Handcrafts that you can have an idea. You have a chance to try something new and learn how to do some of them on one of your days in Istanbul and in Turkey.
POTTERY MAKING: The art of pottery making has been a traditon in Turkey for many centuries. Production is centered aronund Avanos (Venessa of Hittities) in the Cappadocia region. There are about 300 workshops in the region producing hand made crafts.
MARBLING (EBRU): Paper marbling is a method of aquerous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to marble or other stone, hence the name. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then caefully transferred to a sheet of paper (or a variety of surfaces for several centuries. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding and stationery. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monotype.
CARPET WEAWING: Turkish carpets come in distinct styles, from different regions of Turkey. Carpets, whether knoted or flat woven (hummas) are among the best known art forms produced By the Turks from time to immermorial. The art of carpet weaving was introduced to the Islamic world by Turkish tribes migrating from Central Asia, and the single-worp knot spread as far as Spain. Carpets from Turkey were highly valued in Europe, where they became a popular accessory in paintings..
CALLGRAPHY: When we speak of Turkish calligraphy, we refer to writing of aesthetic value in characters based on the Arabic script, which the Turks had adopted as their writing medium after their conversion to Islam. The Arabic characters gradually assumed an aesthetic function after the advent of Islam, and this process gathered momentum from the mid-eight century onwords, so that calligrapy was already a significant art discipline by the time the Turks joined the Islamic world.
COPPERSMITHING: Since man discovered and learned to shape copper in the Chalcolithic Age (5000-3000 B.C.) in Anatolia (today’s Turkey), there has been an art of coppersmithing. With such ancient roots, the art of coppersmithing persisted in Turkey up until the 1960s. Ut then came a turning point, as aluminum, plastic and later steel kithenqare came to dominate the market. And then many shops with their thousand of artisans who perpetuated coppersmithing it the 1950s have now dwindled to only few artisans. Turkey’s copperware is famous fort he technique of beating in which all agree that the Turkish craftsmen excel.
MINIATURE WORK: This is the name given to the art of producing very finely detailed, small painting. In Europe in the Middle Ages, hadwritten manuscripts would be decorated by painting capital letters red. Lead oxide, known as ‘minimum’ in Latin and which gave a particularly pleasant colour, was used for this purpose.That is where the Word ‘miniature’ derives from. In Turkey, the art of miniature painting used to be called ‘nakış’ or ‘tasvir’, with the former being more commonly employed. The artist was known as a ‘nakkaş’ or ‘musavvir’. Miniature work was gererally applied to paper, ivory and similar materials.
GLASS: Distinguished examples of glasswork left behind by Anatolian civilizations today illuminate the history of glass.
Stained glass in various shapes and forms was developed in the Seljuk period. After the capture of Constantinople, the city became the center for galssqork during the Ottoman period. Çeşm-i Bülbül and Beykoz are two of the techniques from that period that still survive today. Accessories and implements such as oil lamps, tulip vases, sugar bowls, stained glass panels and goblets were made by using there techniques. Today, Istanbul Glass Furnace or Denizli Glass Factory can be seen for modern and old glasswork techniques.
EMBROIDERY: Embroidery is the ornamentation of materials such as leather, cloh or felt with silk, wool, linen, cotton and metal threads and needles. The art of Turkish embroidery has a long histrory. The Word ‘ornament’ is used as a definition of decoration in houses, clothes and furnishings. Embroidery began in the palace, later becoming a decorative folk art. Turkish embroidery techniques accordirng to the way the needle is used, the needle may applied to the woven threads (Chinese needle, Romanian needle, Cretan needle, French knot, calculation needle, herringbone, eyebrow etc.) or to pull the woven threads (scalloped ribbon), needles may hep so close the threads (Bukhara knot, Jacobean weft, Maras work) or to bind the threads (patchwork, döve eye, Antep work, passing work etc.)
LEATHER TANNING: The processing of the skings of smaller livestock such as sheep and goats is called Deri Dabbaklığı (Leather Tanning), and its practioners as Dabbak. This leather is thinner and used as lining for boots, shoes, handbags and jackets. The chief categories of leather are as follows:
1-Meşin: Made from sheepskin and used tol ine boots.
2-Sahtiyan: Made from goatskin.
3-Fine Lining: Meşin or sahtiyan with dfects in the surface.
MEERSCHAUM: Meerschaum, contrary to popular belief, is not the fossilized remains of sea creatures but a mineral: Hayrous Magnesium Silcate, it is found from 30 to 450 feet below the surface of the earth near the town of Eskişehir, Türkiye. WHY IS MEERSCHAUM USED FOR PIPES?
Meerschaum’s magnesium content provides strenght while the hydrogen and oxygen contribute porosity. As one of nature’s lightest and most prous substances. Meerschaum is a natural filter. This natural aborbency causes the pipet so slowly change color, eventually turning rich brown color.