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Weaver demonstrates craft

Free events this week at The Magic Carpet will honor DOBAG, a rug-weaving cooperative in Turkey that has revived tribal weaving and dyeing traditions.

Cennet Denari, DOBAG’s master weaver and president, will demonstrate her art from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at The Magic Carpet. Professor Serife Atlihan from Turkey’s University of Marmara will lecture about motifs and symbols of DOBAG rugs during the demonstrations.

From 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Shekina Sehar will perform Middle Eastern dances and Tynowyn will play the oud (a stringed Middle Eastern instrument) and dumbek (Middle Eastern drum) and sing Turkish tunes.



DOBAG was founded 20 years ago by Dr. Harold Bohmer in Istanbul. He recreated ancient dyes and formulas after examining old rugs in museums and mosques, and then enlisted the Fine Arts Department of the University of Marmara to oversee the establishment of village cooperatives and the production of traditional carpets.

The DOBAG project has revolutionized the rug-weaving industry because it uses traditional methods of hand-spinning, hand-carding and vegetable dyeing of wool, said Eileen Jorgenson, The Magic Carpet’s co-owner. Today, DOBAG has 300 weavers in 40 villages and produces 1,800 rugs annually.




DOBAG rugs are in museums throughout the world, including the Islamic Gallery of the British Museum in London.

Last year, The Magic Carpet commissioned the cooperative to weave 20 rugs, which are displayed there in the exhibit, “Cultural Survival Projects for the 21st Century: DOBAG and Yayla,” through November. Viewing hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sundays.

Jorgenson has entered “DOBAG: Cultural Survival for the 21st Century” in the Altar Show 2002 at the fairgrounds’ Northern Mines Building.

The altar includes DOBAG rugs and a photo exhibit of village life. (See page 3 for information on the altar show.)

The Magic Carpet is at 408 Broad St., Nevada City. Call 265-9229 for more information.

– Carol Feineman


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