Embroidering of Silver (Filigree - Telkari)
Embroidering of silver (filigree) is very common in
Beypazarę. Filigree silvers are like piece of arts
with their elegance and different designs.
The craft of filigree started in Beypazarę through
Ahilik, an association of craftsman and tradesman
started to be established in Anatolia in 13th
century. The people of Beypazarę liked this craft and
improved it very much.
There is a mine of silver in Beypazarę which was an
important stop in Silk Road. As in the past, silver is
brought to Beypazarę from other cities. Silvers,
brought as bullions, are melted, thinned and turn into
wire. Craftsmen shape the silver easily and create
different decorative gifts and pieces of jewelry. The
technique used to process the silver is called
filigree telkari. Filigree is to decorate pieces of
jewelry with thin wires of silver. The thinner the
wire is the more valuable the jewelry is. The wire is
made of silver and gold. Since the gold is expensive,
the silver is usually used. The silver pieces of
jewelry are namely belts, necklaces, brooch,
bride-price, etc. The movies in filigree reflect the
Turkish taste and the interpretation of the nature
from the Turkish Islamic perspective.
The craftsmen of silver are gathered in a center
rebuilt in Beypazarę, where this craft has revived
through a relation of master and apprentice. Silver
products, processed through the technique of filigree
which requires patience and careful handwork play an
important role in increasing the tourism potential of
We wish that Beypazarę should be an example for the
revival of our traditional crafts and arts which are
disappearing day by day.
It is one of the most developed
handcrafts of Beypazarę. Masters produces things like
large jugs, saucepans, frying pans, boilers, long
spouted water pitchers and cigarette cases by forging
the copper with hammer and anvil. Copper goods
processed by this method are still used by the people
of the region.
Embroidered Çevres and Gilded Silver Thread:
Embroidery is a kind of decoration made by various
kinds and colors of threads and needles on textiles or
leather. In Beypazarę, bindallę is a popular
embroidered dress that is inherited by mothers to
daughters. It is accompanied by a çevre which is a
kind of fine muslin embroidered in the size of a
handkerchief. It is still used by local women of the
Cotton, artificial silk and wool thread are used in
handloom, which is a traditional job in Beypazarę. The
fabric weaved in the machines in used for sewing
waistcoats and baggy trousers țalvar for winter.
Bürgü is a kind of large scarf used by women. Silk
handloom is also a traditional job, still surviving.
It has lost its importance due to the change in
transportation vehicles. Since Beypazarę was on the
way to Baghdad, pack saddlers were very important for
the caravans. On the other hand, the town is one of
the rare places in Turkey that still go on producing
Saddler is the person who makes saddles and harnesses.
This job has been very important for Turks since the
old ages and it still survives in Beypazarę.
Although the number of black smiths, who shape iron
with forks, anvils, hammers and mauls, has decreased,
this job which a history of 70 years, still survives.