OYA From Ottoman Fashion to Turkish Folk Art

They first appear in the early 19th century: colorful flowers made of finest needle lace. They spread quickly over the whole Ottoman Empire and decorated various kinds of textiles. First they are found on paintings, some decades later in texts of travelers, then on early photographs. The making of oya is part of old Turkish handicraft and connected to popular belief and ancient myths. Nowadays oya are rarely made of silk, but mostly of nylon thread, and all those little things which Turkish women have at hand are attached, such as sequins, beads, seeds, shells, and other things. They are worn everywhere, and are also sold in the bazaar and offered on the internet. The Munich State Museum of Ethnology (Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde München) shows a selection from a private collection of this popular, colorful textile art.

 

 

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