Wintersemester 2013/2014,




Talk by Prof. Dr. Cigdem Cini (Istanbul/Turkey)

Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Textiles



Wednesday, 27th of November, 2013 @ 5pm


Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin





Embroidered textiles represent an important part of textiles amongst

the Turkish heritage textiles because the embroidery was the basic embellishment technique

used in Turkey whether they were from the Ottoman Court circles or from a provincial town.

Especially the historical pieces made during the Ottoman Era from the

sixteenth century to the early twentieth century display a characteristic style with very fine

craftsmanship and rich materials and harmonious colors. Anatolian folk

embroideries which are made in villages for domestic use display local characteristics. These

textiles have a special importance and place in cultural habits and ritual customs.

Symbolic expressions are commonly used in the embroidered motifs and patterns.

Even though the embroidered costumes and textiles, in general, employ

commonly seen features in terms of techniques, materials and colors

and display diverse influences from other cultures, each of them

reflects cultural characteristics of their region of origin and are

unique sources for the exploration of the social life, economy and

customs in a society in a specific time-span.


Dr. Cigdem Cini, born in Istanbul, holds Masters degree from the State

Academy of Fine Arts in Turkey, Textile Design Department. She

continued her postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom from 1989 to

1993 completing PG Diploma in Textile Design and MPhil degree at the

Textile Department of the University of Leeds. She concluded her

studies with a PhD degree at the Mimar Sinan University where she

carried on her doctorate studies after her return to Turkey.

Currently, she works as Professor at the Textile Arts Department of

Marmara University, Faculty of Fine Arts in Istanbul. She has

contributed to many national and international conferences, symposiums

and exhibitions with her academic papers and art works. She is also an

author of publications about historical textiles and costumes.


The talk will be conducted in English and is open to everyone

interested in the topic.

Supervision Prof. Dr. Zane Berzina, Anna Görner

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