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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Dara, Ancient City in Mardin

A 1,400 year-old gallery grave unearthed during archaeological works in the ancient city of Dara in the southeastern province of Mardin was opened to visitors in May, 2017.

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When travelers visit the south-eastern Anatolian province of Mardin, they usually feel that they need to see just one place – the capital of the province. Meanwhile, in the area there are relatively little known but very interesting ruins of the ancient city of Dara. In the early Byzantine times, Dara was an important fortress, located in northern Mesopotamia, near the border with the Persian Sassanid Empire. Because of this strategic location, in the 6th century AD Dara witnessed many military conflicts, of which the most important was the famous Battle of Dara, fought in 530 AD. So if you get to Mardin, then try also to go to Dara, and certainly you will not regret this trip.

During the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius (491-518 AD), after more than 60 years of peace, a serious conflict with Persia broke out. It lasted from 502 to 506 AD and was known as the Anastasian War. It became the prelude to a long series of armed skirmishes, devastating both empires throughout the next century. The Anastasian War demonstrated the weakness of the Byzantine armed forces and the generals responsible for the failure explained their defeat to the lack of a solid military base belonging to the Byzantine Empire in the region. Meanwhile, the Persians possessed a mighty fortress near the town of Nisibis (now Nusaybin).

reading : http://turkisharchaeonews.net/site/dara

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Located in the Dara neighborhood, 30 kilometers from Mardin, the ancient city of Dara was one of the most important settlements of Mesopotamia. The gallery grave, unearthed seven years ago, was a place for “resurrection” ceremonies in the Roman era.

reading : www.hurriyetdailynews.com/mardins-gallery-grave-opens-to-visitors

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12th January, 2018

The distance is growing everyday… in my heart and also in my mind.

Love, respect and integrity…. I just waited for them… Gone.

You can’t change the world, but you can change yourself….

I change… I build myself as a castle, with a surrounded deep moat… Because I don’t want anyone to make me sad anymore…  I closed my doors. If anyone wants to open this door, should know that there is an agreement at the edge, love, respect and integrity! Otherwise it is forever closed.

 

 

Going on Projects

Vest finished, but waiting for sewing…. red and black yarn

what remained from red and black yarns I make a crochet shawl, at the beginning now,

and there is a small blanket, waiting for the ending for edges…

and finally started with blue (will be another blue and white too) yarn to be a vest again..

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These are all waiting for last works or touches, otherwise finished them all,

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