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Handcrafted by women of Anatolia since 800 B.C., oya is a three-dimensional embroidery art that has been worn throughout the eastern and southern parts of the Mediterranean region. Oya represents the wisdom, passion, patience, elegance, and creativity of Anatolian women. In a region where family etiquette and traditions had led women to be silent, this unique handicraft evolved and emerged as SECRET LANGUAGE between women, helping them freely express themselves through shapes and colors of oya they embroidered on their textiles. Hairy fox motifs symbolized a bride unhappy with her life; pepper motifs were worn to indicate a bitter relationship leaving a bad taste in the mouth; yellow daffodils implied a woman’s hopeless love. Young women and brides wore roses, jasmine, carnations, violets, fuchsia; a wife whose husband had gone to war would warp wild rose oya around her head. At a glance, women could tell how the other woman felt by the colors and designs of their oya. Oya embroidery art is admired, collected, used, and made, reflecting the skills of the women who have continued this needle lacing technique for many centuries. Oya designs were passed down from generation to generation as an embellishment for clothing and home textiles.
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