Kutnu Fabrics – 500 years of tradition
We are in modern times and globalism seems to be a threat for the local way of living and the traditions that come with it. Luckily some traditions still live even if not widely applied.
One of the traditions in Turkey is a type of fabric called “Kutnu”. It is a woven textile with a shiny surface and colourful vertical stripes, made with silk warps (lengthwise yarns) and cotton wefts (crosswise yarns). It used to be made on wooden looms with shuttle and pulling whip, but is today woven on more advanced dobby and jacquard looms. Although the type of loom may have changed, the weaving method has stayed the same for centuries.
In Turkey, the art of weaving kutnu is only practised in Gaziantep. It is known that, having been brought there from Syria in the16th century, it was taken to new heights by the Gaziantep craftsmen, who were able to sell their material far and wide.
As well as being healthy to wear, with its hallmark striking colour and designs kutnu cloth was admired and in demand over a wide area in the past. Kutnu is an important part of the traditional local costume, and is a true handcrafted product requiring different work at each stage of production. In the past employing thousands of Gaziantep inhabitants, the Kutnu weaving sector is today being kept alive in the face of modern technology, by a small group of craftsmen determined to continue the profession with painstaking hand labour.
Today, Kutnu fabrics are used not only in clothing, but also for some accessories such as bags, shawls, slippers and more. The value of handmade and healthy fabrics are recognized more day by day, and we are happy to bring some bags made with good quality leather and handmade Kutnu fabrics.