Buldan, located in the Denizli Province, is historically one of the most important textile centers in Turkey. The small hillside village of 15,000 people has a tradition of hand-weaving that dates back to the 13th century. During the Roman Empire, the area became a center of textile production. Later, during Ottoman reign, Buldan was the source of clothing for royalty residing in Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace. By the end of the 19th century, there were over 1,500 looms in the village making it the largest textile production center of the time. With modern textile production, Buldan’s capacity has decreased to looms that primarily produce for local shops. Today, Buldan is famous for the production of handmade Turkish hammam towels called peştemal.
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