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The Production Process

There are 3 kinds of Kilis embroidery, Kesme Delik (Cut Hole), Mercimek (Lentil) and Tül (Tulle). The process begins with the drawing of a design in pencil on the fabric, followed by the fusion of the interface and the fabric using heat. The fabric is then stretched over a frame and the stitching begins. The machine needle is driven manually, pushing in and out of the fabric and guided by the embroiderer’s hand, to produce spectacular motifs.

For the Kesme Delik technique, the outline of the motif is first determined, and then the interior of the motif is cut out with scissors. In this way, the elegant designs can be seen clearly. Kilis embroidery has a rich variety of designs, using a host of floral and geometric motifs. Embroiderers work according to the orders of their customers, but, depending on the powers of imagination of the embroiderer, there is no end to the designs that can be created.

When the embroidery stitching is complete, the edging begins. This can be carried out in two ways, either by using a picot (looping) technique or scalloping. Finally, the item is ironed and ready to enhance the aesthetic beauty of the house.

The contents of this publication, which has been funded through the 2010 Economic Development Financial Support Programme of the Silk Road Development Agency, does not represent the views of the Silk Road Development Agency and/or the Ministry of Development. The Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce is the sole bearer of responsibility for the contents.