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PEATS Turkey – Applying Ancient Turkish Traditional Skills

Dates: 1st June - 2nd July 2017 
Number of UK Participants: 6 (1 space available)
Duration: 32 days

Based in the small town of Sultanhisar, between the cities of Aydin and Denizli, in the Aegean region of Turkey, this 32 day placement focuses on a number of traditional Turkish crafts skills. The main training will be in “marbled” paper making, called ebru in Turkish. There will be an attempt to transfer ebru onto fabric.

Early examples form the 16th c. in the Ottoman-Turkish era include the battal (stone form, without any manipulation, with several variations developed in time, giving us types such as gelfit, tarakli, hatop, bulbul yuvasi, cicekli (respectively come-and-go, combed, preacher, nightingale’s nest, flowered etc). The technique consists of sprinkling colours containing a few drop of ox-gall on to a surface of the bath with kitre (gum tragacanth) in a trough. By carefully laying the paper over the bath, the floating picture on top of it is readily transferred to the paper; thus each ebru is a one of a kind print. To obtain beautiful ebru results, one needs to have a light hand, refined taste and an open mind to the unexpected patterns forming on the water. Patience and a good knowledge of traditional culture are characteristics of ebru masters. The intention is to teach this skill to a point where students can produce professional results.

During the placement, the group will be given the chance to do some Turkish felt making onto textile. This will include some needle felting. The group will be offered the chance to learn some traditional Turkish village dancing and have a go at some traditional dances.

There will be an opportunity to visit a number of famous Hellenic-Roman sites such as Nysa (very close to Sultanhisar) and Ephesus, as well as the vibrant city of Izmir. It is hoped that the unique Roman ruins will provide inspiration for creative works during the placement.

The group will work during the week, with weekends free, unless otherwise planned. Options for visits include other Roman sites like Heirapolis and the Aegean coast.

Accommodation will be in self-catering apartment. Flights are to Izmir in Turkeys Aegean Region. Airport collection and hosting of the placement is by Sultanhisar Governorship

EU Erasmus + Funding

The placement is funded by the EU Erasmus + scheme and covers return flights, accommodation, and a subsistence allowance (equal to 3 meals a day). Participants will need to buy a visa upon arrival into Turkey. These are £20.

If you are interested in this placement, then please read through the information on the PEATS traditional skills main page. You will find the application form is available to download on this page, as is the “Quality Commitment” which all applicants have to read.

For past participant feedback, please refer to the Participants Report page

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission

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