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Turkish Felt (Kece) Making Workshops

Alemdar Mh. Incili Cavus Sk. No:19, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 544 220 10 22
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Great felt bag making workshop

We had a wonderful time making a felt bag. We were taken through all the steps and also were... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Zahrah H
via mobile
Made my own Fez

I didnt want to end up with some tourist tat fez so I tried this workshop and it was... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2015
Sean M
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Felt is a non-woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing woollen fibres. While some types of felt are very soft, some are tough enough to form construction materials. Felt can be of any colour, and made into any shape or size.Many cultures have legends as to the origins of feltmaking. Sumerian legend claims that the secret of feltmaking was discovered by Urnamman of Lagash. The story of Saint Clement and Saint Christopher relates that while fleeing from persecution, the men packed their sandals with wool to prevent blisters. At the end of their journey, the movement and sweat had turned the wool into felt socks.Feltmaking is still practised by nomadic peoples in Central Asia and northern parts of East Asia, where rugs, tents and clothing are regularly made. Some of these are traditional items, such as the classic yurt, while others are designed for the tourist market, such as decorated slippers. In the Western world, felt is widely used as a medium for expression in textile art as well as design, where it has significance as an ecological textile.Traditional Turkish Felt Workshop by Mehmet GirgicMehmet Girgic is a master Craftmen in Felt Making in Istanbul and we make our workshops in his Studio by himself or his assistants. The workshop is a Full day activity starting app. 09:30 until 17:00.In the lesson you will make the whole stages of a Felt making process and by the evening, you will be able to finish 1 item like a hat, bag, shoe, a scarf or a design that you choose.. In the workshop, we provide a lunch for our students.
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3 weeks ago
“Great felt bag making workshop”
6 Oct 2015
“Made my own Fez”
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Alemdar Mh. Incili Cavus Sk. No:19, Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time making a felt bag. We were taken through all the steps and also were educated about the history of felt in Turkey. A highly recommended activity for the creatively minded. Thank you so much Alp.

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Reviewed 6 October 2015

I didnt want to end up with some tourist tat fez so I tried this workshop and it was spectacular. Really interesting, Mehmet comes from a multigenerational family of felt makers. He and his wife Theresa really spend the time to show you how it...More

Thank Sean M
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Reviewed 27 October 2014

A family member recommended this workshop to me and I thoroughly endorse that recommendation to you! I had some minor experience in felt-making prior to the workshop however this day-long course demystified the process and gave me the confidence and enthusiasm to further develop my...More

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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Thank you Alp for recommending this amazing workshop of the ancient art of felting! What a fantastic day it was learning how to make a wool felt bag. I learned the entire process and finished a bag in one day. Theresa and Mehmet, the owners...More

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