Needle lace brooch


In Konya a girl engaged to be married sends a piece of oya -edged printed cloth to her prospective mother-in-law. If what she sends is ‘meadow and grass' oya, this implies that their relations are cordial. But if she sends ‘gravestone' oya, it means ‘the coldness between us will endure until death'. By sending ‘hairy wolf' oya meanwhile a young girl indicates that she is displeased with their relationship. Since the oya is seen by the neighbors at the wedding ceremony, it is of course the wish of all mothers-in-law that their new daughters-in-law wrap ‘meadow-grass' oya around their heads.



The groom's family, too, sends the bride a ‘bridal cloth' with two or three oya flowers from which the bridal headdress will be made. Oya edging consisting of flowers on a branch is worn by brides in some regions of Anatolia . Such lace, of which there are many varieties, represents a sort of ‘tree of life' for a bride who wants to produce many offspring. Not only women's emotions but also incidents that have left a mark on society can be observed in oya: ‘Pasha star', or ‘Zeki Müren eyelash' named for a famous Turkish singer of the 20th century, ‘Türkan Soray eyelash' associated with Turkey's veteran star of the silver screen, and ‘Ecevit eyelash' named after former prime minister Bülent Ecevit, to name just a few. Others include ‘kaymakam rose', ‘Atatürk flower', ‘rose of Japan', ‘sot's leg', ‘shepherd's flea', ‘bachelor's flea'... The list is endless. A product of the deep-rooted Anatolian culture with no exact equivalent in other languages, oya edging not only adorns women's headscarves today, it is also used as an accessory in modern design. Meanwhile it continues to be an indispensable addition to a girl's trousseau chest.

Reference: Sabiha Tansug, Servet Dilber / SKYLIFE



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