Monday, November 22, 2010


Would you believe it?  I had never heard of oya until we went on our study tour to Turkey and then, lo and behold, there was an article about them in the latest edition of Embellish.
I have some scarves with oya attached to the edges.

At the women's market in Odemis (a town we really enjoyed visiting), we saw a lot of them.

We also met some ladies who were making them as they sat at the roadside waiting for custom.  The ladies we saw were making them on what looked like a sewing needle and doing what looked like french knots - but they became 3D pieces.  I even bought a pair of earrings as they were so interesting. 

(The link above takes you to an article about oya and explains that there are various means of making them, including using a sewing needle.)

Some of the other people on the trip had bought strings of oya.
You can see one of Mehmet's scarves in the background

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