The Bazaar districts of Istanbul's Old City are a treasure trove, not only for handcrafted goods, but for the supplies with which to create them. The myriad hans, courtyard buildings which have over the centuries hosted hundreds of artisan guilds supported by the Ottomans and often directly by the royal ladies of the Harem, to this day house nearly every element needed for any craft. Catherine Salter Bayar uses decades of experience in design, sourcing and manufacturing to guide her guests through the maze of Eminonu backstreets to find the best of supplies on offer, from textiles to gemstones to leather and more.
Our Excursion will include, according to the interests of the registrants - 1) Jewellery-making 2) Fiber arts (knitting, crochet, felting, embroidery) 3) Block Printing 4) Leather-making.
Come with ideas of what you want to make or find. Catherine can also help connect her guests with workshops by craft, conducted by local artisans and helpful for furthering skills and meeting others who share the same crafting obsessions.
California native Catherine Salter Bayar weaves decades of experience in textile and interior design in the US, Europe and the Far East with insider knowledge gained through 10 years’ residence in Istanbul, and 20+ in Turkey.
We will spend about 4 hours together hunting out the best supplies for the participants, stopping for a simple lunch in a favoured lokanta.
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