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TRADITIONAL TURKISH HANDICRAFTS       


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The traditional Turkish handicrafts have been enriched amazingly by the requirements of the natural conditions differing greatly for thousands of years in Anatolia and the varieties of cultures created by the civilizations that are temporary and sometimes permanent for centuries.

Carpet and rug weaving, cicim weaving, fabric weaving, manuscript, wooden and tree working, cini (earthenware glazed tiles), ceramics, earthenware pots, embroidery, needle lace, leather working, production of musical instruments, stone working, copper working, basketwork, packsaddle production, metal working, production of kece, knitwear and many other Turkish handicrafts had appeared and continue to appear.

The Anatolian people had developed these arts according to the life conditions. Every kind of weaving was the means of subsistence in almost every region in the past and this is still continuing. Especially, the hand works of women turned into works of art. The most popular hand works are the embroideries done with crochet needle, needle and shuttle. The hand works are mostly included in the trousseau chests in our times. Besides the embroidery ornamenting the traditional clothes, the accessories are also spectacular. The Turkmen jewelry in the Seljuq period and the jewelry made with valuable stones in the Ottoman period still fascinate the people with their aesthetic.

Basketwork is one of the handicrafts that continues from past to present. The baskets are weaved with the wicker, willow and hazelnut branches.

Although the artificers, who brought the traditional Turkish handicrafts to present, continue to work meticulously in order not to lose these handicrafts, the handicrafts tend to be forgotten in the industrialized Turkey. If this interests you, we should remind that you can maybe buy the last handicrafts from the last craftsmen.