Ödemis and Birgi
The small town Ödemis, located in the district of Izmir province in Turkey, is well known for its silk and cotton weaving. Every saturday there is an open air traditional craft market in the ‘Üc Eylül Tayyare Park’ of the city, which is worth seeing. With a little luck you can even find real old pieces of one’s dowry. Ms. Gülfer Keskin, living in Ödemis and known for her Eco-Prints on silk, showed us arround. Together we visited Mr Ersoy Horzum’s weaving mill, who mainly produces Turkish bath towels/pestemals but also goods on order. Our next stop was Birgi, a little village 10 kilometers away from Ödemis, selected by the UNESCO. From the 12th century on Birgi was known as Pyrgion, which fell to the Turks in 1307 and became the capital of the Anatolian beyliks of Aydin. We visited this picturesque village with its square and crooked streets, its old mosque and the SEM-Ipek(Silk) weaving mill. Later on we were introduced to the weavers Ms Sacide and Mr Bayram, who are weaving by hand on their looms earning their living. Ms Keskin invited us to her home, where she produces eco-prints by using root colours from the surrounding. At the village square we had our Turkish tea and said good bye to this very special place.