Handcraft in Mardin

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Mardin is an amazing city with her history, culture and art… and landscapes…

There are amazing traditional handcrafts, like masonry, silver smiting (Telkari), rugs, pottery, etc.

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Masonry,

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What is telkari

Telkari , a special filigree type of authentic jewelery work  is a delicate kind of jewellery metalwork, usually of gold and silver, made with tiny beads or twisted threads, or both in combination, soldered together or to the surface of an object of the same metal and arranged in artistic motifs.

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Archaeological finds in ancient Mesopotamia indicate that filigree was incorporated into jewelry since 3,000 BC. Specific to the city of Midyat in Mardin Province in upper Mesopotamia, a form of filigree using silver and gold wires, known as “telkari”, was developed in the 15th Century. To this day, expert craftsmen in this region continue to produce fine pieces of telkari. However due to social changes and machinery production the making of telkari jewelery is a fading art. There are a few real Telkari masters left in this area.

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A few months ago I found this amazing box in jewelry shop. They come from Mardin. Handcraft and silver. Fascinated me,

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