“Japanese Touch” to Carpet Weaving
Ancient Yoruk carpet, a trademark of Yoruk culture, is weaved by women, including a Japanese expat on the stalls in Fethiye.
Carpet weaving course has been opened by Fethiye Public Education Centre and Evening Art School at Fethiye Culture Centre. 15 women weave the unique examples of traditional Yoruk, Fethiye and Milas carpets. Unique authentic patterns, different colours and madders are what make these carpets so sublime. Women weaving these carpets try to transfer this culture to next generations. Sachiyo Kitahira from Japan, who lives in Fethiye, is also one of the course attendants. Kitahira, who works as a translator and lives in Turkey for 12 years, said she was very interested in carpet weaving after she went to an exhibition and started carpet weaving 2 months ago. Kitahira said she learned great things thanks to this course although she got difficulty in the beginning but she enjoyed carpet weaving after she got used to it. Course Instructor Meryem Balıkçı explained that carpet weaving had different characteristics and course attendants were very interested in this carpet. Balıkçı says Yoruk carpets are not easily worn out: “We promote Yoruk carpet and culture to the world with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Our carpets attract great attention at exhibitions abroad.”