Elif Bebek, Turkey’s Doll

Reflecting Turkey’s traditional costumes and culture, the Elif Bebek doll and its twenty different models will make a major contribution to the promotion of Turkey’s decorative handicrafts.

Anatolia has been the cradle of civilization since the dawn of human history. As needs changed with the development of industry in Turkey, unfortunately some of the traditional handicrafts in its rich, rooted past have been lost and forgotten.
Turkey took its first step towards becoming a party to the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the ‘Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage’ in 2006. The aim is to preserve, promote and raise public awareness of our cultural heritage,also noted in the 9th Development Plan.
In line with this purpose, the institutes run by the Department of Advanced Technical Schools for Girls are conducting research into the traditional Turkish handicrafts and meticulously recording, preserving and promoting them and passing them down to future generations. The department, managed by Director Emine Kıraç, has contributed greatly to the economy through the placement of  women in the workplace and the development of many projects to date. The result of extensive research, the ‘Elif Bebek’ doll enterprise constitutes a fine example in terms of training and employing women and young girls on the production line to be set up as part of the ‘Producing Woman’ project.
Reflecting Turkey’s traditional costumes and culture, the Elif Bebek doll, which comes in twenty different models, will make a major contribution to the promotion of Turkey’s decorative handicrafts.
The manufacturing process of Turkey’s doll has started with the establishment of assembly lines at the institutes in Ankara, Istanbul, Trabzon and Antalya, operating under the Department of Advanced Technical Schools for Girls. The Trabzon Institute will be responsible for the production of the doll’s body, Antalya for the doll’s jewelry, and the Ankara and Istanbul Sabancı Institutes will oversee the embroidery, sewing, quality control and final packaging for the franchise. This collaborative system will grow to include more institutes, enabling the expansion of the Elif Bebek production line.