Napkins, sashes, handkerchiefs and other items are embroidered in silks of purple, pink, and light and dark green, and the designs display not only skill but the creativity of the needlewoman in compositions that are each like an abstract picture.
Although mülver work has become a thing of the past, I was happy to discover that crochet and needle lace are still to be found in Mudurnu market, alongside the kanlica mushrooms (Lactarius deliciosus), homemade macaroni, cheeses and thyme water. The motifs of the local lace are countless, including almond, autumn rose, oak leaf, carnation, grape, fern, pansy (worked in purple), artificial pansy (worked in blue and pink), wheel of fate, mulberry and star.
Mudurnu was a traditional centre of the mediaeval ahi fraternities of tradesmen, for whom the offering of hospitality was an essential precept, and some of these traditions have survived to the present day. For example, every Friday the Prayer of the Tradesmen is recited, and all the tradesmen still contribute to a joint fund that is used to help those in need.