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Hand-woven Turkish Hat Band (thick)

60.00 AUD

Fairy chimney rock formations, sunrise hot air balloon rides, subterranean cities, otherworldly hikes… Turkey’s Cappadocia region was a total trip and one of my favourite destinations thus far. But the real highlight for me was discovering Galerie Ikman, a family-owned treasure trove filled with thousands of kilim rugs, pillow cases, vests, floor cushions, saddle bags and more. There I chatted to the owner Bilal for hours about life in Turkey over steaming apple tea as I pawed through his treasures, and eventually picked these stunning handwoven hat bands finished with horse hair tassels. Bilal told me they are used in villages when a couple is getting married: the husband ties them around the wife’s waist, symbolising her fidelity to him throughout their union.
You can use it as a hat band as I have, but also as a belt, a necklace, or a camera strap.

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Condition: New, 100 percent Turkish wool with dyed horse hair tassels and plastic beads
Approximate dimensions: 210cm in length including tassels; 2cm wide

Pieces featured in Nina’s Bazaar are vintage, pre-loved or handmade one-offs so there may be imperfections which add to the character of each piece.


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