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index / The Anatolian art of hand-printed textiles
'Yazma' is the name given to the application of designs to textiles either directly with a brush, or using a wooden mold on which the design has been carved in relief, or in combination. The second is known as 'block-printing' in the West. Although the hand-printing of textiles first developed in the cultural melting pot of Anatolia, the most beautiful specimens today are found in Istanbul. Based on examples from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, which provide information about the history of hand-printed textiles, the major centers for this art in the Ottoman period were Amasra, Bartin, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Kastamonu, Tokat, Yozgat and Zile. The loveliest specimens from Istanbul, which rose to prominence with its hand-painted 'Kandilli' textiles, highly prized for their artistry, were produced in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

COLOR AFTER COLOR, DESIGN UPON DESIGN
Three basic methods are used in the art of hand-printing textiles: hand-painting, block-printing or a combination of the two. The original printed textiles were hand-painted, with the block-printing process developing later.
 
 
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