Tuesday, November 29, 2011

AMAZING FOLK ART FROM TURKEY




A few days ago I received a package from Turkey... from a small town just across the sound of Aegean Sea which separates Rhodes from Turkey. I had eagerly been awaiting it, because I knew how gorgeous my new treasure would be! About two weeks ago I was the lucky winner in Estella's giveaway on her blog Star of the East. The giveaway prize was a wonderful hand crocheted traditional oya!

Photo by Star of the East

Oyas (needle lace and crochetted lace) are a traditional Turkish handicraft that is still accomplished with loving work and skill. Esther and Estella say: "We've known this 'auntie' as long as we live here and she hasn't changed at all in fifteen years. She wears the traditional şalvar and headdress of the region and her hands are hennaed. She has a small stand at the market where she sells her oyas. While she waits for customers she keeps working at them. Handmade at its best!"


As a lover of all things handmade, and in particular of traditional handicrafts, I was thrilled!
And when I opened my package what was my surprise when I found a wonderfully and lovingly packaged gift! How beautiful even the shell flower embellishment is!
Thank you so much, dear Esther and Estella, this is a wonderful piece of traditional art that I am going to cherish and wear with lots of joy! :)




15 comments:

"q en bleu" said...

you are so lucky Anna!! this is a great piece! :)

Dina said...

So beautiful! Lucky you :)

Annuk said...

Yes, I'm so lucky! It's indeed a great piece! :)

Colours and Textures said...

Beautiful and nicely packaged too.

Yael said...

It is beautiful Anna, very much so!!
I am happy for you! :-)

Annuk said...

:)))))))))))))))))

Star of the East said...

Your smile made us smile :)
Thank you for this lovely post, so glad that you love it!
XX
E & E

Dina Fragola said...

So pretty!

Annuk said...

YESSSSSS I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you so very much again, Esther and Estella, this lovely has found a good home! :)

pantarei said...

Beautiful color and such a lovely piece!Lucky gal!!!!!!
xoxoxo

Hilde said...

You are very lucky, Anna :) Such a beautiful piece, and so nicely packaged too.

Annuk said...

Thank you girls!!! :)
I hope I didn't make you jealous hehe! ;D

Carrie said...

Oh you've made a little jealous! That is stunningly delicate and beautiful and what a lovely colour. A beautiful prize for a beautiful lady - wear it in good health xxxxx

I remember I once won a wonderful prize, I wear it all the time, you may like to know that Annuk xxxx

Nancy said...

this is so beautiful! All thse little details ... so delicate, this is something for the opera! ;)

Annuk said...

Oh Carrie darling, your comment made me smile!!!! I'm so happy to hear you are still enjoying your red heart! :)))

Thank you sweet Nancy, I will sure cherish it, it's a special piece with a lovely story behind it!

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