Turkish Weaving Atlas Exhibition Opens in Istanbul

Turkish Weaving Atlas Exhibition Opens in Istanbul

National Education Minister Mahmut Özer attended the opening of the “Turkish Weaving Atlas” exhibition, held at the Tophane-i Amire Culture and Art Center in Istanbul, aimed at introducing the world to the traditional weavings from Anatolia as a ‘Turkish brand’ with modern designs.

Organized under the auspices of the wife of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Emine Erdoğan, and bringing together for the first time the local weavings of Turkey, the exhibition “Atlas of weaving”, prepared within the framework of the project “Atlas of weaving of Turkey”, was held in Istanbul after the presidential complex. and Art Center.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, National Education Minister Mahmut Özer said that as a ministry they not only provide education and training services but also play a major role in supporting citizens in two important units affiliated with the General Directorate of Lifelong Learning and in actively reproducing the cultural and artistic heritage that will be transported from the past to the future.

Stating that they actively support courses demanded by citizens within the framework of lifelong learning in about 81 public education centers actively serving in 922 provinces and 967 districts of Turkey, Özer said that in 2022, these courses will be more actively accessible to citizens, stressed that they are making efforts to increase their diversity and capacity.

Emphasizing that public education centers provide a very important service in terms of lifelong learning for citizens and increasing the personal skills and competences of adults, Özer said: “Our goal is to achieve 1 million citizens every month with these courses and reach the service. Even with low numbers at the start, we have reached approximately 3 million of our citizens with these public education courses in the 2.6 months so far. Hopefully we aim to bring 1 million citizens together with public education classes every month. 70% of them are women. In other words, it also has a great function in terms of employment and re-education of our women.

Maturation institutes carry cultural heritage into the future

Stating that another important service is the maturing institutes located in about 24 places in Turkey, Özer said the purpose of the institutes is to follow the traces in the lands where different civilizations have come to life and leave their traces in the provinces. where they are. , to revive them and enrich them with new forms and make them accessible to citizens.

National Education Minister Özer said: “Today, the Weaving Atlas of Turkey is a very important mission for our citizens to see and carry this cultural heritage into the future by bringing together all the , from fabrics related to weaving to techniques in the four corners of Turkey, from this mission and function of our maturing institutes. fill. This project is carried out under the patronage of Emine Erdoğan. I am grateful to them for their support of the Maturation Institutes and this project. used the sentences.

Özer, who thanked İsmail Gülle, the President of the Assembly of Turkish Exporters, and the Association of Textile and Commodity Exporters of Istanbul for their support of the project, continued: The more we can bring it to the future by bringing it to the present and injecting it into everyday life with new forms, the more we can survive as a country with an identity in the 21st century and become a country that has influence in the world . Because in the globalized world, countries have started to forget day by day their identities and their links with their past. Here, the ripening institutes, these modest structures, have the cultural mission of bringing to the present all the products that were made with great effort in the past all over Turkey.

Maturation institutes aim to get 10,000 model registrations by the end of the year

Minister Özer said that they have set a new goal in ripening institutes and said, “Now we have 24 ripening institutes; not only are these departments conventional, but they have also begun to serve as R&D centers. In other words, we currently have 15 ripening institutes and 24 R&D centers in Turkey. These R&D centers and maturation institutes play a major role in bringing products from the past to the present day, also in the context of intellectual property and industrial rights. he said.

Noting that the General Directorate of Lifelong Learning has started working on obtaining registration of the archive design in the maturation institutes, Özer said:

“They have applied to the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office for 7,000,843 design registrations. They have received 6 design registrations. All the products from the former ripening institutes now have a design registration. This is one of the most important services we have received to protect our cultural treasures and prevent their exploitation for intellectual property.All the products are now registered.Hope our general management aims to develop these studies of more thoroughly in all maturing institutes by the end of 830 and to obtain about 2022,000 design records.

148 types of Turkish weavings are exhibited

The “Weaving Atlas” exhibition, prepared for the first time under the project, where local weavings such as Üsküdar cross, Edirne red, Hatay silk, Denizli buldan cloth, Antep kutnu, Ankara sofu, şepik shawl, ehram and beledi were brought together for the first time, will be held by Emine Erdoğan in June 2021. After opening at the presidential complex with the participation of the president, it was presented at the discretion of interested parties at the Tophane-i Amire Cultural and Art Center.

In the Turkey Weaving Atlas exhibition, which is the first initiative of the project, it is possible to travel through time among 58 historical types and 148 types of hand-woven Turkish weaving following the regional routes from old to new in order to learn about Anatolia’s weaving culture for thousands of years.

The exhibition also includes a timeline in which young designers create new designs for the present and the future drawing inspiration from traditional fabrics.

teacher. Dr. Hülya Tezcan, Prof. Dr. Aydın Uğurlu and Prof. Dr. Güneş Güner were the curators of the Atlas of Turkey Weaving Exhibition, which was prepared under the consultation of Mehmet Akalın and the coordination of Ayşe Dizman.

Project “Atlas of Turkish Weaving”

The “Atlas of Turkish Weaving” project, which was prepared within the framework of the renewal studies of the Maturation Institutes, is carried out under the auspices of Emine Erdoğan with the support of the Istanbul Sabancı Beylerbeyi Maturation Institute, which is affiliated at the Ministry of General Directorate of Lifelong Education and Istanbul Textile and Commodity Exporters Association (İTHİB).

The project, to which the Assembly of Turkish Exporters and the Ministry of Commerce also contributed, aims to introduce the world to the traditional weavings of Anatolia as a “Turkish brand” with modern designs in keeping with their originality. Revitalizing cultural tourism by creating “woven cultural routes” and “living museums” are among the future objectives of the project.

The Turkey Weaving Atlas project aims not only to keep Turkish weaving alive as a valuable craft, but also to make a difference in the global fabric industry by utilizing technological changes and developments and making it a prestigious business activity. It is also planned to develop sustainable and nature-friendly textile products and to support an ecological approach with the project.

With the project, from local weavings to Kazan industry, it also aims to contribute to women’s employment, local development and cultural diplomacy.

As a result of the academic research that continued with the realization of the project, 425 local fabrics that make up the fabric map of Turkey under the headings “Ottoman palace fabrics” and “Local fabrics of Anatolia” have been determined. and their properties have been recorded in the database.

As part of the project, transforming traditional weavings into value-added products with designs that will increase their aesthetic and functional values ​​and presenting them to the world are among the main objectives. It is also among the goals to design and create local and global exhibitions, workshops and collaborations under the guidance of traditional weavings determined as “Turkish weaving”.

James C. Tibbs