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Sericulture in Hatay

and the last traditional silk weavers

March 15, 2018
Thursday at 7pm
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Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre, 10 Maple Street, W1T 5HA, London, UK

A talk by Prof. Elvan Özkavruk Adanır (Izmir University of Economics) & Dr. Berna İleri (Mustafa Kemal University)

Harbiye and Samandag are districts of Hatay Province located in the Southern Anatolian Region of Turkey. These two districts have been famous for their silk fabrics for decades. However, the number of villages and families that were involved in sericulture decreased sharply from the 1980’s onwards. The Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock has been promoting sericulture since 2006. The main aim of this support is to achieve sustainability in sericulture. Unfortunately, there is only the Buyukasik family left who is trying to continue this profession today. In this talk, sericulture activities and the last traditional silk weavers in Hatay will be discussed.

Berna İleri: Received her master’s degree for Traditional Arts at Dokuz Eylul University and her doctorate’s degree in Traditional Arts at Gazi University. Since 2012 she has lectured at Mustafa Kemal University in Hatay, Turkey. She has published a number of papers, articles, and book chapters including the book chapter Hatay’ın Vefalı Ustaları ve Hatay Elsanatları in Asi Gülüşlüm Ah Güzel Antakya. She has been working in traditional textile design, traditional silk weaving and Turkish carpet at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Mustafa Kemal University.

Elvan Özkavruk Adanır: Studied textile engineering at Ege University and got her master’s and doctorate’s degree in traditional arts at Dokuz Eylul University. In 2008 she received her professorship. She has published books, papers, articles, and book chapters. She translated the book Western Intellectual Tradition from Leonardo to Hegel by J. Bronowski-B. Mazlish. Her art works have been accepted by international and national permanent collections. She has been teaching in the Fashion and Textile Design Department of Izmir University of Economics since 2011.

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