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.
Each handmade scarf is one of a kind.
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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