Hey guys..just got back from yet another lovely trip!
I know I haven`t been around lately,this is a very intense time for me ,trying to gain closure on past chapters of my life;in the midst of building new ideas and dreams,and preparing myself for unclear changes that lay ahead..
I just came back from revisiting Turkey where I have lived for 3 yrs and where the seed of “kahliya” the shop was born..
As you can see,it was a tiny shop though full of riches like Ali-baba`s cavern,and I loved it very much.With some creativity I had everything I needed,and it was so cozy,people really enjoyed coming by for some tea and chat..
Talk about sustainabilty and making do..
that tiny space became a Rich enchanting Universe
believe me you! 🙂
It was actually created within a building entrance,which was obviously very narrow,and after the first bit went all the way up with stairs.With some help,I filled in a few of those stairs midway with cement to create a platform onwhich I put my sewing machine and small table,and that was my “atelier” !
I have many many memories from this shop as I have from my life in Turkey itself..I`ve learned so much about another country and culture,aswell as about myself! I believe that years from now those experiences will continue to unfold, finding it difficult at the moment to express all that I withold..
What I find fascinating is the remaining traditional ways of taking the time for true hospitality,sipping tea..another tempo alltogether.. the abundance of genuine fresh potent fruits,vegetables and herbs, a solid base of their nutrition,the ongoing traditions of handcraft,the creative sustainable sollutions as an obvious part of daily life.
All these symbolise a closer connection , and appreciation of the Earth,a knowing of its ways that gets lost once life becomes too complex..
This visit was a nice reminder as I hope to carry on my path using what I have learned from this knowledge..
Along with this ‘baggage’ I am saddled with,I collected some of my fabrics I left behind,My shop`s handcrafted SIGN,which I hope to hang soon on ”Kahliya`s” next venture,
and….an oldtime dream-I got myself a SAZ or Baglama,
An East mediterranean string instrument,as I felt a deep connection to the music played with it,and hope to find my way to learn..!
A Favorite of mine who plays it very well and sings is Musa Eroglu
As I look back upon these images,followed by the memories of my path,
I cant help but think about how this could be my personal version of the ‘travelling craftsman’!
Just a thought in the meantime
as for my inner concepts are only known to me.
Though I shall say this,
The Global community is always on my mind
and to Mother Earth I will always be kind..