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Handicrafts Village

 

LEATHER GOODS ART WORKSHOP

The East (where the tanning industry appeared) was for a long time ahead of the West. And Turkey has reached unprecedented heights in this art. Turkish moroccos were famous for the whole world. Leather industry is developed in modern Turkey, as well as authentic masters, that make unique items out of leather, still exist.

 
 

BIJOUX & AMULETS ART WORKSHOP

Jewelry has always been used in Turkey as accessories for decorating the traditional costumes. After all civilizations the art works of precious and semi-precious stones and metal still exist. Jewelry art of the Ottoman Empire has been developing rapidly and evolving to this day, thanks to the unique Turkish craftsmen.

 
 

PAINTING ON WATER EBRU ART WORKSHOP

Art of Ebru has different names: "the wavy paper", "clouds and wind", "dancing paints". This ancient art, appeared in Turkey more than 2,500 years ago. The sailors who brought these wonderful paintings, created in small workshops in Istanbul, to Europe called them "Turkish paper". Until recently, the secrets of Ebru were closely guarded. But today the whole world is passionate about this art. 

 
 

GLASS & STAINED GLASS ART WORKSHOP

Turkish stained glass was developed by the Seljuks. In the Ottoman Empire, after the conquest of Istanbul, the city became a center of glass industry. That is why the glass can be seen today as museum pieces. But the craft still exists.

 
 

CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Calligraphy is called the frozen poetry. It is equal to the language of art and dance, that can be understood without translation. Turkish masters have reached unprecedented heights in the development of six calligraphic handwritings. And even there is an expression "the Quran was revealed in Mecca told in Egypt and written in Istanbul." So Istanbul became the centre of calligraphy in ancient times. The top point of the calligraphy tricks became the Ottoman Tamga names of the sultans, written so intricately that they turned into graphic symbols, similar to the birth signs of the ancient Turks. Masters of calligraphy still make people admire this art. 

 
 

ART WORKSHOP OF THE OTTOMAN TAILOR WORKING WITH FELT

Felting and items made of felt are one of the landmarks of Turkey. That are carpets, hats of the dervishes, clothing and even jugs – peas-nohut. These masters cherish their art and pass it to the next generation. Handmade felt products are unable to replace modern manufacturing and synthetic fabrics. They are in demand with the local population as well as tourists. High-quality felt and unique patterns and drawings are the main criteria of a true master. The very one will show his art at the Festival.

 
 

FLOWER-BROOCHES ART WORKSHOP

Jewelry has always been used in Turkey as accessories for decorating the traditional costumes. After all civilizations the art works of precious and semi-precious stones and metal still exist. Jewelry art of the Ottoman Empire has been developing rapidly and evolving to this day, thanks to the unique Turkish craftsmen.

 
 

POTTERY

Pottery originated in Turkey and for many centuries the local inhabitants have created dishes for domestic use (especially famous town Avanos). Today the tableware is handmade by famous artisans and is of great interest the tourists, for whom Ceramics always remains a favorite souvenir of this Eastern country.

 

 
 

PAINTING CERAMICS ART WORKSHOP

Turkey is famous for its earthenware tiles and their design, which developed between the 14th and 19th centuries and made Turkish artisans known throughout the world. Seljuk artists who brought this art in Turkey, were particularly famous for creating designs featuring animals. In the 16th century ceramic tiles caught the attention of the Ottoman sultans. It was used in the decoration of the magnificent palaces and mosques. And it still captivates people with its impeccable beauty.

 
 

THE OTTOMAN ART OF BODY PAINTINGS WITH (MEHENDI) AND THE BRAIDING

It is not known where exactly the art of applying henna patterns originated. The main dispute is between India and Ancient Egypt. However, mehendi quickly captured the East and, of course, the Ottoman Empire. Oriental women love mehndi. Henna is safe, has antiseptic properties, makes the skin soft. And of course it's beautiful. It is even considered, that it was especially popular in harems and Sultan's wives and concubines spent many hours decorating themselves with henna. Of course it was done hoping to attract the attention of the Sultan. Because such a pattern is sure to attract the attention of men. Braiding is also a real art, and has long been used by Turkish women. 

 
 

THE OTTOMAN ART OF MAKING SWEETS & TURKISH COFFE ON THE SAND

Who doesn't know, what is Turkish coffee? Fragrant, with a thick foam made only in a special coffee pot on the hot sand. And very strong! Especially this kind of authentic Turkish coffee you can try at the Festival. And at the same time tell fortunes on coffee. Turkish delight is also well-known. It is enough to say the word "baklava" in order to feel honey sweetness in the mouth.

 
 

ART EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP

Unique Turkish embroidery embodies the symbols of Turkey. Embroidery is used in everyday life, and as well for the creation of traditional Turkish costumes. Masters create embroidery not only with a needle but as well by a hook or shuttle.

 
 

TRADITIONAL CHILDREN'S TOYS ART WORKSHOP

Through toy story you can trace the history of the country. And Turkey is no exception. The country is famous for its toys. These are tin soldiers and heroes of the Turkish tales, myths and legends, characters of Turkish puppet plays – Karagez and Hacivat, and, of course, the Hajj of Nasreddin with his donkey. There is a similar Barbie – Turkish black-haired Elif, dressed in traditional robes. To find these unique works of Turkish puppet masters visit a gift shop or a special store of dolls. And rare examples are chased by collectors all over the world who even come for them to Turkey.

 
 

GLASSBLOWER WORKSHOP

For centuries there have been numerous centres creating products of colored glass on the Aegean coast. Especially beads "eyes of witchery" were on demand. It is believed that these amulets protect living beings and objects from evil eye. And it is impossible to imagine a Turkish souvenir market without this important element. The Festival will not only show the art of the glass blower, but also give everyone an opportunity to make an amulet of the "eye" at the master class.