As its name promises, Turkey’s Ark of Crafts gathers the traditional crafts of Turkey into curated collections of home and fashion accessories. They will bring Turkey’s deep history of luxury goods to NY Now @ Artisan Resource in August 2015 at Manhattan’s Javits Center.
Ottoman-era copper enamel techniques are still practiced in Turkey, as evidenced by Ark of Crafts’ espresso cups and dessert plates by Rozita Kasuto. The collection is inspired by traditional mirra coffee cups and Turkish delight bowls, replete with glass evil eye ornaments to ward off any glances from people envious of the treats they are design to contain. Murano glass domes keep the desserts fresh.
Ancient textile techniques are represented by hand-woven Turkish towels and silk scarves made by Yilmaz Ipekcilik. Traditional all linen towels are eco-friendly, lightweight and quick-drying. Made in Hatay, Turkey, they are perfect as beach towels, bath towels, and sarongs. Ipekcilik’s scarves are of 100% raw silk prepared in a traditional hand-rolled manner.
Also presented by Ark of Crafts is a group of Ottoman-patterned accessory pouches and handbags by Mina. Each features a patterned copper medallion whose designs adapt tiles and fabrics on display at various museums across Anatolia.
Visit Ark of Crafts at Artisan Resource @ NY NOW, August 16-19, 2015. For more information about their collections, visit www.arkofcrafts.com