A very delicate sort of needlework found in Turkey is needlepoint lace, called ‘oya’ or ‘igne oyasi’ in Turkish. This delicate lace is made using thread and needle. There are more types of oya. The needle made oya is a 3 dimensional needlework. The other types are crochet oya (see picture), tatting oya (a knotting technique) and hairpin oya and they are all flat.
Traditionally, the ‘oya’ is worked into tiny floral edges to decorate scarves, often of multiple colours. Every region has its own style of lace: small and delicate, large and brightly coloured, with or without beads. In different regions of Turkey there are initiatives where they make beautiful jewellery with the local variant of ‘oya’.
Usually several women work on a collective basis. The crocheted bracelets you find at AnnaFind are collectively made for the Dutch brand Ottomania by a number of women in central Turkey. This keeps the regions distinctive, beautiful traditional handicrafts alive and gives the artisan makers an income.
The bracelets are made of nylon thread with glass beads, so they can just get wet or being washed (in a washing bag). With a cotton cloth in between, the bracelets can also be ironed. A nice gift!