Fashion Show for Hand-Woven Products in the Silent Town
Special outfits including special designs made in order to make the hand woven dastar contribute to the economy and textile sector and provide employment were presented with a fashion show in Üzümlü with a protocol made between the Municipality of Üzümlü and Gazi University. Fethiye Mayor Behçet Saatcı, Üzümlü Mayor Önder Genç, Çiftlik Mayor Halil Doğan, Craftsmen’s Association President Mehmet Soydemir, The Republican People’s Party Mayor Candidate for Fethiye, tourists and citizens attended the fashion show organized with the theme “Stories”. Prof. Dr. Feriha Akpınarlı, Yrd. Doç. Songül Kuru and Gamze Özdemir from Gazi University who had come to Üzümlü on April 2013 had made the old people open their chests and found examples of traditional outfits. While these examples were being examined, threads woven in Üzümlü were taken to be painted and rewoven in Üzümlü. Nearly 100 outfits were displayed by the university students at the magnificent fashion show and the fashion show ended with the presenting of wedding suits. Prof. Dr. Feriha Akpınarlı from Gazi University said, “The women of Üzümlü wove such beautiful dastars without illustrating that they turned them into outfits and their value has not lost any importance, on the contrary, they attract more attention.” Fethiye Mayor Behçet Saatçi stated that, “If traditional culture lives, the towns develop with this culture as well. The people of Üzümlü will gain from weaving. If we carry on our duty at the next term, we will carry on keeping our traditions.” Fatma Özbalı made a speech later and said that, “We are going to carry on organizing similar events in order to protect the original fabric of Üzümlü, develop it, get its patent and open it to domestic and foreign markets.” There were heart-breaking moments while students were presenting gifts to their teachers. Students said, “We are the last graduates of this department and last students of our teachers.” On the other hand, contributors of the project received plaques.