Traditional Weaving - The Buldan Weavers
Buldan is a small village of 15000 people built on a hill side in the inner Aegean region of Turkey. The town's tradition of handwoven textiles dates back to the 13th century. By the end of the 19th century, there were over 1,500 looms accounting for the largest textile production of its time. With the advent of modern textile machine manufacturing, Buldan's capacity has shrunk down to a few looms that cater mostly to the local shops.
Orta Blu wants to revive the local Traditional Weaving Craft by increasing the amount of looms, providing better salaries for the weavers and, above all, create a more viable business model so that the weavers and their products will be able to take advantage of a more global system of sales and distribution.