This type of scarf, often covering the whole body, is called Hamamiye. It is first hand-printed with hand-carved wooden blocks, then painted with goose feather paintbrushes. It takes six to eight hours to complete just one layer while the scarf often has two to three layers, depending on the fabric. Hamamiye scarves are known to be the reflection of Anatolian floral gardens.
The scarves are exclusive; only one from each is made.
100% cotton, hand-painted
195 × 85 cm
Machine washable at 30°C, iron inside out.
Şermet revives the disappearing Anatolian arts and crafts traditions, and creates her own textile language. This type of scarf, Hamamiye, is a 600-year-old ancient fabric print tradition. Originally, Hamamiye scarves represented the floral gardens of Anatolian women in the past as the women painted their own gardens on these fabrics. Though every scarf can have different flowers and patterns, Hamamiye has a unique layout made of 3 parts: The first part is the border and called the “Leafy Way”. Second is the middle section, featuring a repetition of a smaller motif while the last part is considered the main section containing the flower paintings. This pattern layout remains always the same, while the ornaments are changing depending on the taste of the craftsperson. Today, unfortunately, there are only few masters left in the Anatolian geographies who adamantly sustain this beautiful tradition.
Şermet, the only contemporary artist using this technique, takes the traditional pattern of Hamamiye and combines it with miniature painting’s clouds motif in the middle section as an emblem of her respect for Anatolian arts and crafts.
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London-based art and design company PATA Art & Design collaborates with the contemporary artist Yıldız Şermet for Handmade Chelsea Online and introduces her handmade textiles and art to the UK. Şermet revives the disappearing Anatolian arts and crafts traditions, and creates her own textile language. The artist combines several Anatolian crafts; Ottoman Iznik tiles figures can be seen on her Turkish towel sets and kimonos while a 600-year-old ancient fabric print tradition is reinterpreted in contemporary scarves with the artist’s signature cypress trees and cloud motifs inspired by miniature paintings. This also includes a traditional fabric printing where luxury cotton and wool fabrics are hand-printed with linden tree woodblocks, then to be hand-painted with goose feather paintbrushes.
Yıldız Şermet is a contemporary artist based in Istanbul, Turkey. Following a degree in Arts, she worked as a decorator, illustrator and an art director. Her passion for the miniature art inspired her to discover Eastern traditions which had quite a different approach than the Western style education that she had received. Using different materials like wires, textiles and ceramics, she combines traditional miniature art subjects with unlikely elements and uses Anatolian and miniature motifs in more contemporary compositions. Her works are now exhibited in various museums, art galleries and institutions including the United States Embassy in Istanbul.
PATA Art & Design is an art and design company where you can find a collection of traditional works of art that draws on a contemporary approach by Turkish artists, illustrators and designers. Duygu Pata is the force behind Pata Art & Design, who established her own company in London to promote local artists, illustrators and designers in the global art scene and make her native Turkish culture come alive in the homes and hearts of others who may never have visited the country. She studied Art History and Theory at the University of Edinburgh and had first-hand work experience in many art institutions including Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice.
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