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    Needle Lace Taciser Onuk No country in the world is as rich as Anatolia in the field of folk-art. Anatolia is the cradle of various civilizations. Every corner
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 27, 1998
      Needle Lace

      Taciser Onuk

      No country in the world is as rich as Anatolia in the field of
      folk-art. Anatolia is the cradle of various civilizations. Every
      corner of Anatolia reflects the culture of these civilizations.
      Although rapid production technology and tastes are changing,
      Anatolian handicrafts continue to survive with the skillful hands
      and contemporary understanding of the Turkish nation. (Onuk,

      Handicrafts are one of the most important vehicles in which the
      Turkish nation can easily reflect its sentiments. It also traces
      its life style. While the beauty of traditional culture will be
      carried on in future generations, handicrafts are also the most
      vivid and meaningful documents of the cultural identity of a
      nation. Thus handicrafts reflect the century during which they are
      produced. (Onuk 1981-1988)

      Needle lace, a traditional handicraft, is one of the best examples
      that reflects Turkish culture. Needle lace comprises a tatting
      technique used only by Turks as a means of ornamentation. Examples
      of needle lace dating back to 2000 B.C. have been found. It is
      also said that embroidery was transferred from Anatolia to Greece
      and then to Europe via Italy in the 12th century.

      Needle lace holds a special place in the realm of needlework. It
      is also used as a means of communication to express one'e feelings
      and thoughts by way of the motifs and colors used.

      According to a survey carried out in Icel's Camliyayla (Namrun)
      district, the needle lace around the scarf of a newlywed who
      cannot speak freely to her husband and his relatives in line with
      old traditions, represents her inner thoughts. For instance, green
      and different tones of green reflect the satisfaction and
      happiness of the bride in her marriage while yellow and different
      tones of yellow signify that she is unhappy and annoyed. The
      pepper motifs around her scarf is a message to her mother-in-law
      that their relations are as hot as pepper. During the traditional
      religious ceremony held the day after the marriage ceremony, the
      daughter-in-law sends a message to her mother-in-law by covering
      her head with a scarf called "Sea-holly", which means that her
      mother-in-law shouldn't sting her like a thorn. According to
      Turkish culture, the sister-in-law wears a head-scarf which is
      decorated with needle lace called "Kutule", the name of a wild
      flower. She wears this scarf at the religious ceremony held after
      the marriage ceremony. Needlework symbolizes peace.

      Needlework not only contributes to the economy of a family but
      also is instrumental in creating friendships and social
      cooperation among people. Needle lace reflects the elegant taste,
      intelligence, kindness and creativity of the Turkish woman. It is
      also intrinsically beautiful.

      Today needle lace is made in Rize, Konya, Bursa, Kastamonu,
      Inebolu, Izmir, Balikesir, Gonen, Kutahya, Gediz, Bafra, Mugla,
      Safranbolu, Koycegiz, Mardin, Ordu, Bolu, Elazig and Icel.

      Prof. Taciser ONUK, Head of the Applied Arts Department of the
      Professional Educational Faculty at Gazi University
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