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Monday, 30 January 2012
In many of Üzümlü's houses, sheds and garages, women are in business with their looms. Doors open up to show an Aladdin's cave draped with hand-woven silk and cotton, often adorned with tassels, sequins, and beads. These are both showroom and workshop, and part of the charm is in the enthusiastic demonstrations of the weaver's art. It didn't take me long to pick out a cream shawl with pink-and-purple details. With the sale completed, we toasted the finished transaction with home-made wine and roasted peanuts. Now I just need summer to come around, so I can wear it without exposing the delicate threads to Britain's winter weather.