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Fatma Ayran

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The hairpin made of cow horn was designed and handcrafted by the artist. You may wear your hair in a bun and try different styles with the smooth touch of the horn.

During the production of the hairpin and comb made of the horn of ram, cow or cattle; the horns are kept and dried for a certain period, thoroughly cleaned and are placed on the fireplace. The horn which is heated on the fireplace under the supervision of the master is then flattened. Then, it is roughly cut, depending on the shape of the comb to be made. After that, the horn which is smoothened is again heated on the fireplace and a second flattening is made. The smoothened bone is shaped by the help of the emery stone and becomes ready for opening threads. The threaded material is subject to thin emery and is grated. The edges of the threads are filed and sharpened. Finally, the horn is polished and becomes ready to use.
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Fatma Ayran

Sedefkar-mother of pearl artisan Fatma Ayran had started her training at the age of 16. She received her training from the artisan Ahmet Sezen and worked on numerous restoration projects of Hagia Sofia and Süleymaniye mosque. In 2010, Ayran opened her own workshop in Kucukayasofya, Istanbul. She has had several exhibitions at the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce in 2008, 2009, and 2010, and at the Uskudar Katibim Handicrafts in 2009 and 2010.

She is among the few artists who worked with the Eser-i İstanbul style and she is the only female artist. She designs and produces every detail by herself. She uses all natural materials like silver, pearl, rose tree, ebony tree, horn. Currently, Ayran continues to work at her workshop.

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