Ahmed traditional artisan, Istanbul, Turkey

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Presa el 10/08/11
If you know Turkish, you can turn on the speakers and listen part of the little interview. For those that they don´t know Turkish you can read the little translation we did of the interview.

I’ve been doing this work since I was a kid. I am self-taught and at first, I didn’t do it for the money, I enjoyed doing it and in the end it became my job.
I make every part of what you can see. It’s all craftwork; from getting the iron to …….
I can’t find anybody who wants to learn because I can’t afford to pay them. I’d like to pass on my knowledge to future generations but I can’t pay an apprentice. I’d like to do more elaborate works and improve but my budget doesn’t run to that.
The government doesn’t care about craftsmen. They demand taxes and our income is low. They should give us some granting for, when all is said and done, we are maintaining our culture, our traditions. I don’t like to speak like this, but it’s true. In Turkey, there are a lot of artists but not enough is done to help us.
All this will end with me. I would like to do more for my country but they don’t back us. These are our roots, our culture. It shouldn’t be handed to China. The Turkish government should find a way to do this.
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Latitud: 41° 0' 18" N, Longitud: 28° 58' 37" E veure »

Lloc: Turkey

Comentaris sobre aquesta panoràmica:

Beautiful pano, sad story...
Per Vil Muhametshin | 30/10/11 - 05:25:08 GMT +0100
Very sad we were shocked with the story. I know it´s all around the world but it´s very very sad. They were one of the most incredible couple of artisans i ever met Ahmed and Hassan.
Per Bernard Custard | 30/10/11 - 05:32:12 GMT +0100
I have to visit them the next time I'm in Istanbul.  Isn't it everywhere in the world that the old traditional handicrafts die? And that the people start to care about it when it's to late?
Per Heiner Straesser | 10/11/11 - 10:00:05 GMT +0100
Of course Heiner, you are totally right. It´s happening in every country and all over the world but it was very sad to meet with them and hearing from first hand. Also they were polite and very kind as usual on every part Turkey, not just in Istanbul.

It was a pleasure, we have to send them all the photos, material, interview and everything we took.

It was a unique experience !!!

P.D. If you go, please give them our regards.
Per Bernard Custard | 10/11/11 - 12:22:26 GMT +0100

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