This entry is only a brief introduction to a craft I recently found: Turkish needlework or the art of oya.
It is native to the town of Nallihan (in the province of Ankara), in the way of the ancient Silk Road, and still remains largely unknown out of Turkish borders.
Izmir Ethnography Museum (2014)
Younger generations still wear jewellery or accessories decorated with such motives, but the craft itself –as is often the case- has been on the brink of disappearing, now being taught in community centres, trade schools for girls and universities.
Silk thread by Tony Hisgett, via Wikimedia Commons
Materials used are inexpensive, except perhaps for the silk thread (which does not need to be stiffed), as only straight needle and scissors are required. Nowadays, due to price, cotton and polyester