Opening of the Atlas of Fabrics exhibition in the presidential complex of Ankara

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Prepared within the framework of the “Atlas of Fabrics of Turkey” project, carried out under the auspices of First Lady Emine Erdoğan, the “Atlas of Fabrics” exhibition was inaugurated on June 22 in the Beştepe Exhibition Hall of the Presidential Complex of the capital Ankara.

“Turkey Fabric Atlas” is a cultural project created with the aim of preserving and developing the thousand-year-old weaving culture, which forms the memory of the Turkish nation, transferring it from generation to generation with a social awareness and promoting it to the world. The “Atlas of Fabrics Exhibition” is organized as the first event of the project.

A view of the “Fabrics Atlas” exhibition, Ankara, Turkey, June 22, 2021. (Photo by Nur Özkan Erbay)

In the exhibition, 151 types of weaving from different regions of Turkey are exhibited. The exhibition also features Ottoman fabrics from the collection of collector Yusuf Iyilik. Creations by Mehmet Demir, Mert Çelebi, Senem Kula and Rümeysa Kış that transport traditional weaving into the future are also held in the time tunnel part of the exhibition. Besides, famous artists such as Servet Senem Uğurlu, Aydın Uğurlu and Elisabeth Strub Madzar present their weaving arts to the visitors of the exhibition.

Within the framework of the exhibition, panels titled “Assessment of traditional and local weavings from different angles” and “Maintaining a living culture, weaving crafts and geographical indications” will be organized. Academicians, representatives of local authorities, representatives of the textile industry, master weavers, personalities from the world of fashion and design will attend the panels.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, First Lady Erdoğan said that the “Atlas of Fabrics of Turkey” project brings together the local weavings of Turkey for the first time and that the “Atlas of Fabrics” exhibition announces that the Turkish weaving art will be maintained without losing its importance. Expressing that weaving is the companion of human life and all the turns of life have taken on meaning with weaving, Erdoğan said, “Weaving is not just made up of threads and patterns. It is intertwined with life and has left its mark in every part of it. .”

A view of the exhibition

A view of the exhibition

Noting that Turkish weaving bears deep traces of the nation’s adventure, she added that the weavings that became famous during the Seljuk and Ottoman eras were known to the world as “Turkish cloth”. Pointing out that there are dozens of types of Turkish weaves that have been mentioned in literature, the first lady said, “All of these values ​​have a route mapped out on our geography. For example, cotton yarn from the Mediterranean, wool from Eastern Anatolia. and silk from the northwest of Bursa province are notable. I think all of these wonders will come to light through this project.

“We must keep our traditional arts alive, and we must also nurture the minds and souls of younger generations with the meaningful world of these arts. No matter how the world changes, tradition, art, crafts and local production must always survive. For this reason, I find the Fabrics Atlas of Turkey project extremely valuable.

Told that trends move at the speed of light in the modern world, Erdoğan praised those who contributed to the project. She continues: “As part of the project, a very careful study was carried out to identify the weavings belonging to seven regions of Turkey. Now, the world of textiles and fashion can embark on inspiring journeys on the journey of these weavings in the ‘Fabrics. Atlas Exhibition.’”

The exhibition can be visited six days a week for three months.

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