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Stones Forum >> Turkish Iron Age style back in fashion
||Turkish Iron Age style back in fashion
from South Central Indiana, US
| Posted 26-09-2008 at 05:03  |
Submitted by coldrum ---
Women in Turkey have been returning to 2,500-year-old fashions, as
bracelets, earrings and other accessories styled after pieces in the
Iron Age section of the Antalya Archeology Museum grow more popular by
the day. Sales of imitation combs, bracelets and pinky rings based on
pieces found in Kinet, a port city founded in sixth or fifth century
BCE, have been soaring in the city of Dörtyol in the southeastern
province of Hatay, local shopkeepers say.
The Iron Age accessories, carved from ivory and bone, have been
copied with designs made out of wood. The lice comb, which is very
popular among older women, is a popular but rare item that can be
found in the historical Uzun Bazaar in Hatay. Accessories made of
blue, yellow and white beads believed to provide protection from the
evil eye are also popular in the city's shops and jewelry stores.
Local shopkeepers say even modern customers believe the pieces protect
them from the evil eye.
Corc Bozkurt, who has been a jewelry designer for 55 years, says
most of the orders he has been getting recently have been for
imitations of Iron Age accessories. There is strong demand for
bracelets and rings in particular, he adds. "There has been a return
to the fashions of antiquity. The new styles in jewelry design
actually date back thousands of years. I always take older jewelry as
examples for my new designs."
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