Monday, 30 January 2012

Üzümlü, Village of Shawls



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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.

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15 comments:

Rachel said...

I can't imagine sharing a glass of wine with anyone selling anything in the UK. What a civilised thing to do!

Anna said...

Rachel... I think I like your blog very much, so I've decided to follow it. I look forward to reading about your life and adventures.

ANNA

rosaria said...

Always a pleasure visiting with you.

happylittlewonders said...

Those shawls are gorgeous! So beautiful!

Jenny Woolf said...

Yes, much nicer way of doing business than Argos, ticking a catalogue and queueing up at a till before you have even seen the thing! What a pretty village it looks, too.

Stephanie V said...

Those shawls are beautiful. The idea of artisans being able to work and sell from their workroom is so nice. You couldn't have a glass of wine in a store.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

These look like they take a long time to make...nice and warm though

Slamdunk said...

Looks like you got a real treasure in the shawl Rachel. Thanks for sharing your travels.

Deirdre said...

Wow, that's so lovely. :) I especially love the last photograph. It appears to be such a peaceful place. :)

MJ said...

OH GOD I WOULD BUY SO MANY

Elle Sees said...

I love learning more about different places, thanks! And thanks for visiting.

The Blonde Duck said...

That's so cool!

ladyfi said...

What a great way of doing business - over a glass of wine!

carma said...

How cool that you toasted your purchase. I admire craftspeople who can make works of art like those shawls..

Charlotte said...

Rachel, as always your pictures are completely dreamy and take me away to faraway places I'd love to visit. Thanks for a beautiful, descriptive post. XOXO

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