Cultural heritage is the set of values that inherit the cultural richness and traditions of societies from the past and transfer them to the future. Conservation of cultural heritage, also called "living heritage", and its transfer to the future are of vital importance for nations. Societies that preserve their cultural values and connect with the universal culture can have a say in the globalizing world with their national identities.
In the transfer of culture from generation to generation, in addition to oral and written works, colors, motifs and patterns are also of great importance. Traditional weavings contain a wealth of motifs and patterns that reflect the world of emotion and thought of Turkish people. The vitality of cultural memory is made possible by preserving and making sense of these values.
The "Fabrics Atlas of Turkey" was carried out under the auspices of our President's wife, Mrs. Emine ERDOĞAN, and implemented by the Istanbul Beylerbeyi Sabancı Technical (Continuation) Institute and with the support of the Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Ministry of Commerce and ITHIB (Istanbul Textile Raw Materials Exporters' Association). This project is a cultural project created with the aim of preserving and developing the weaving culture of thousands of years, which forms the memory of Turkish nation, transferring it from generation to generation with social awareness and promoting it to the world.
Anatolian weaving, which started in Çatalhöyük (Catal Huyuk) 9000 years ago, has guided the worldwide weaving trade in every age. Turkish weaving culture, which came from Central Asia and enriched with the local cultures of Anatolia, has been rapidly losing its traditional values in recent years and has been modernized for various reasons and moved away from its originality.
With the "Fabrics Atlas of Turkey", it will be ensured that the weaving culture of Anatolia is researched and the data are collected in a single source, and that traditional weavings are examined on a regional or even provincial basis and detailed in technical terms. The general aim of the project is to identify and catalogue the local weavings, to produce them in accordance with their originals and to protect the ones produced by traditional methods. Within the scope of this project; it is aimed to encourage the registration of geographical indications for all characteristic local weavings and to carry out studies for the production of weavings that have received geographical indications in accordance with the standards.
The “Fabrics Atlas of Turkey” will ensure that Anatolia's thousands of years of richness and potential meet with trade, culture and art in the international arena. The primary goal and invitation of the project is to introduce traditional weavings, which form the roots of Turkey's strong textile trade in the 21st century, to the world as a "Turkish brand" with contemporary designs.
The priority goals of the project include facilitating local development by bringing traditional weavings together with the textile and fashion sector, and contributing to cultural tourism and local development by creating "Weaving Culture Routes" and "Living Museums."
ACADEMIC ADVISORY BOARD
H. Hümeyra Şahin, Cultural Historian
Ottoman Palace Weavings:
Prof. Dr. Hülya TEZCAN, Nişantaşı University, Faculty Member, Faculty of Art and Design, Fashion and Textile Department, Retired from Topkapı Palace Museum’s Sultan's Clothing Department
Anatolian Traditional Weavings:
Prof. Dr. Aydın UĞURLU, Faculty Member, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University Faculty of Fine Arts Traditional Turkish Arts Department
Prof. Dr. Mehmet AKALIN
Official of the Organizing Institute:
Yusuf GÜRLEK, Manager of Istanbul Beylerbeyi Sabancı Technical (Continuation) Institute
Project Steering Committee:
Ayşe DİZMAN (Master of Arts), Istanbul Beylerbeyi Sabancı Technical (Continuation) Institute / Department Head of Design / Project Coordinator
Asst. Prof. Dr. Servet Senem UĞURLU, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Faculty of Fine Arts Traditional Turkish Arts Department
Dr. Meral ÖZOMAY, Marmara University Textile Engineering Textile and Manuscripts Conservation and Restoration R&D Central Laboratory Supervisor
Dr. Lale TEKİN GENÇ, Istanbul Bilgi University Fashion Textile Design Lecturer- Anthropologist
Assoc. Dr. Raşit GÜNDOĞDU, Health Sciences University Hamidiye Vocational School of Health Services Department of Social Work and Counseling- Ottoman Archives Specialist
Dr. Ragsana HASANOVA, Istanbul Beylerbeyi Sabancı Technical (Continuation) Institute Restoration and Conservation Laboratory of Movable Cultural Heritage Specialist -Conservator-Restorer
Dr. Nuray KOMSER, Republic of Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Research and Education (ARAGEM) – Folklore Expert
Project Research Team:
Research Department of Istanbul Beylerbeyi Sabanci Technical (Continuation) Institute