My grandmother tought my to do bobbinlace when I were fourteen and this is where my passion began.
In 2005 I went to Turkey through ETN. There were a conference, exhibition and several textile tours. My textiles -room dividers were exhibited in Izmir where the conference also took place. Later on I went on the textile trip, which took me to Bursa and Istanbul.
On the textile trip we went to Bursa and this is where we visited a man who had collecting textile most of his life. This is where I saw these beautiful OYA, Turkish Lace.
On beautiful printed scarves the oya were on the edges.
These are my own personal oya collection which is hanging at my studio. I chose to cut of the oya edges from the scarfs.
The rose one were bought as it is. I guess somebody had already cutted it off a scarf as I can see some threads.
Most of my oya scarfs have I found in Bursa at little antique shops.
This one together with the rose (of my own little collection from my studio) are the two oldest I have. In 2005 they were around 80 years old. I bought them in Istanbul at the bazar. Today I still regret I did not buy the big oya in the first photo. This I also saw at the bazar, but this just means that there is a reason to go back to Turkey.