Marmaris handicrafts

İğne oyası (needle lace) is a traditional handicraft in Marmaris. There are quite a number of motifs and colour which have peculiar local names such as : mecnun yuvası (nest of the love-crazed), kiremit sattıran (makes you sell your roof tiles), karanfil (cloves), portakal çiçeği (orange blossom), güldüren (hilarity), etc.

In the past the needle lace used to be woven with silk, but nowadays they are produced with cotton and synthetic yarn.

The lace maker is believed to reflect her feelings and thoughts such as love, pain, regret, exasperation, disappointment, or happiness in her work.

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