Artistic Values Observed in Cocoon Plates: An Unique Form of Turkish Folk Plastic Art

By Gülizar Çelebilik and Emine Nas.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The sources of folklore which spreads through wide Turkish folk culture are fed from tradition and customs. This area consists of ethnographic hand arts which are created in three main phases like birth, marriage and death which forms a human beings life. Great deal of this tradition which can be examined in the folklore concept today still lives dynamically at some of the regions. “Silk cocoon wall plates” a Turkish folk plastic art which are used as a house fitting is the subject of the study. This production group not only covers reuse of throw-out raw materials, having a three dimensional original fashion compared to other similar samples, being a decorative accessory but also have a functionality having regional and esthetic value. It was designed by the delicate taste and imagination of Anatolian women feeding from the richness of Turkish culture. In this respect, silk cocoon plates are evaluated in the headings of raw material, technique, color, motif, formatting and composition in this paper. Original art work is discussed with critical approach and introduced and consequently provided to pass to international dimensions from a narrow frame.

Keywords: Turkish Embroidery, Embroidery Art, Silk Cocoon Plates, Turkish Motifs and Ornaments, Decorative Arts, Culture, Folklore

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.151-162. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 6.288MB).

Assist. Prof. Gülizar Çelebilik

University, Vocational Education Faculty Department of Hand Arts Education, Selcuk University, Konya, Selçuklu, Turkey

She was born in Muğla-Milas in 1972. She was graduated from high school in 1989 and started her B.A: degree education Gazi University Vocational Education Faculty, Department of Hand Arts, Art field of hand and machine embroidery. She graduated from the department in 1993. She completed her master’s degree in 1996 in the field of hand arts education of Gazi University Social Sciences Institute. She became a research assistant in Selcuk University Vocational Education Faculty Hand Arts Department. She completed her doctoral degree in the field of Art History in 2006. Her thesis for the M.A. degree is “Calculator Type Products which can be found in the Antiquarians of Konya Region and Their Characteristic” and she continued her work producing a field and documentary study, a great contribution to Turkish hand arts studies, having the subject of “Hand Embroidery of Muğla Region (19-20 Cent.)”. She became a professor in the field of hand and machine embroidery education. Her study areas include pinking, knitting, weaving, hand embroidery, apparel material, technique, subject, decoration, formation, documentary studies of tradition and customs which starts to disappear. From the beginning of her academic carrier she made a number of national and international publishing. She still continues her lectures on Basic Embroidery Techniques, Design of Basic Embroidery Techniques, Hemstitch Techniques, Counting Embroidery Works and Design, School Experience, Teaching Applications, Turkish Embroidery Art History, Vocational Analysis and Micro Teaching Methods in undergradute level and Projection in Embroidery and Production I-II, and Traditional Turkish Embrodiery in graduate level.

Assist. Prof. Emine Nas

Selcuk University, Selcuk University Vocational Education Faculty Department of Hand Education Arts, Selcuk University, Konya, Selçuklu, Turkey

She was born in Konya in 1974. She was graduated from high school in 1992 and started her B.A: degree education Selcuk University Vocational Education Faculty, Department of Hand Arts, Art field of flower-knitting-textile. She graduated from the department in 1996 and became a research assistant at the same department. She completed her master’s degree in 1998 in the field of decorative products and flower education. She completed her doctoral degree in the field of Art History. Her thesis for the M.A. degree is “Traditional Woodwork and Pottery in Konya Region” and she continued her work producing a field and documentary study, a great contribution to Turkish hand arts studies, having the subject of “Living Hand Arts of Today’s Konya” (Woodwork, pottery, stone carving, book decoration). She became a professor in the field of decorative products and flower education. Her study areas include traditional hand arts (specifications like material, technique, master, decoration, formation etc.) From the beginning of her academic carrier she made a number of national and international publishing, participated many exhibition consisting of atelier work. She still continues her lectures on Flower Arranging, Decorative Flower Making, Design and Production Techniques of Leather Home and Dress Accessories, Decorative Home and Dress Accessories Making, Doll Making, Surface Decorating, Basic Design in undergraduate level and Material Science in Hand Arts, Regional Hand Arts I-II, Reproduction Work in Decorative Arts, Traditional Head-Dress Design and Application in graduate level.

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