A street scene with handmade items in Ankara, Turkey.
This picture was taken in the Ulus neighborhood, just down the hill from Ankara’s historic castle, which was really the only part of the city to speak of before Ataturk made it the capital of the new Turkish Republic. The castle area has been protected from development for tourism-related reasons and can sometimes seem like a village in the center of the city, which is of course now a modern metropolis with four and a half million people living in it. Meanwhile, the streets around the castle have experienced an increasing proliferation of carpet and antique dealers, including this gentleman offering kilims, cicims, and suzani along with knotted-pile hali carpets, just down the street from a row of copper workers.
In front of a shop on the street in Ankara. From top to bottom: a hand-woven kilim, probably Armenian or Moldavian; a hand-embroidered souzani, possibly from Uzbekistan; and an old hand-carved wooden trousseau chest made in Turkey, whether Ankara, Istanbul or one of the towns closer to the Black Sea.
This is just a candid shot of some children on their way home from school, past a carpet shop selling Turkish cicims and Uzbeki suzani tapestries in the old Ulus neighborhood of Ankara, Turkey.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/8, 1/100 sec. Thanks to Shadowhouse for the overlaid textures.
The weaving of kilim (flat-woven) and halı (pile) carpets is a centuries-old tradition throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, and Anatolian Turkey is no different. This picture is from the Anatolian Carpet Weaving Workshop in Göreme, a functioning workshop which is at the same time something more of tourist attraction. Still, this exact same scene can be found played out in villages across the country even now. I have Turkish friends who have run across this image and said, “Oh yes, we used to do that back when I was in the village.”
This website offers good information on the types of roots, nuts and berries that are used to make the natural dyes. Ten or twenty years ago artificial dyes had begun to overtake the natural methods, but fortunately people noticed that the plant dyes were higher quality and longer lasting, so the traditional ways have made a comeback.
Canon EOS Rebel XTi, ISO-200, f/4, 1/80 sec.