Atlas

Artisan Organization: Atlas

Country: Turkey

Historically, the town of Buldan, where your towel was woven, has boasted production of the finest hand-loomed cottons in Turkey. In the Ottoman period, resident weavers were tasked with weaving the outfits of sultans. Even today, almost every household contains a loom.

Traditionally, only men work at the hand looms, while women create the towels’ fringes, yet Hatice is a rare case of a woman who has mastered the craft. She is 36 years old and supports her family with the money earned through her trade.

Hatice is a member of Atlas, a growing organization of weaving families in Buldan. Membership with Atlas enables weavers to earn a living while keeping a deep cultural tradition alive and sharing it with the world—and with your kitchen!

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