Pomak Weaving Tradition, a Brief History

BAŞARAN F. N., Gurcum B. H.

FOLK LIFE-JOURNAL OF ETHNOLOGICAL STUDIES, vol.48, no.2, pp.112-126, 2010 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 48 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1179/043087710x12771271417749
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.112-126
  • Keywords: Pomaks, crafts, traditional weaving, spinning, dyeing, Turkey
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: No


This article presents the story of hand-woven Pomak fabric and the associated traditions, which have been transmitted from mother to daughter and father to son. The research relates to certain applications of traditional, social, and cultural mechanisms reflecting traits that have been lost and forgotten in many spheres of Turkish life. Since underlying the cultural unification of the Turkish nation is a variety of diverging cultural identities, traditions, languages, and living styles, the existence of sub-cultures each forming part of the whole permits a more inclusive approach to social cohesion and the idea of national cultural unity. Beneath a very similar style of modern-day living, Turkey's ethnic cultures have formed their unique presence through the long process of historical development. Ethnic minority groups, which differ widely in their folkways and customs, having different traditional modes of production and life styles, as displayed in dress and traditions, crafts, adornments, diet, folk dances, marriage, and funerals, have managed to preserve their traditions.