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 is situated in the heart of Turkey’s Aegean Region just outside of the city of Denizli. The tradition of hand weaving in Buldan 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 the royality 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. However, with modern textile production, Buldan’s capacity has decreased to looms that primaily produce for local shops. Today, Buldan is famous for the the production of handmade Turkish hammam towels called peştamal.
Buldan, Turkey | Denizli Province | Aegean Region
Once the capital of the Roman Empire, Turkey adopted Roman bath culture and the hammam was born. Today, the public hammam is still a major part of the culture. In traditional hammams, female and male sections are separate. However, the bathing rituals are the same: body scrubbing, a foamy wash and a massage. Peştemal Towels are an important part of the Turkish Bath Culture. Absorbent, light weight and fast drying peştemals are frequently seen at the hammam and the beach. In addition to being functional, they are versatile and can be used a wrap, a throw or even as a table runner. The wholesale collection includes luxurious handmade soap, hand-hammered copper bowls, fine bath linens and more.
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