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Quilt Making Today

Quilts are an important part of a Kilis girl’s wedding trousseau, it is being considered necessaryfor her to have at least 4 or 5. Once the quilt has been delivered to the customer, a slipcover called a “malefe” is sewn.
Thousands of quilts sewn in the workshops of Kilis are sold all over the country; still being in demand by devotees who appreciate their healthy and hand-made qualities.

The people of Anatolia invest quilts with significance beyond their function as a bed cover, many proverbs and sayings attributing to this emotion:
“Burning the quilt to get rid of a flea“ : To suffer damage as a result of exaggerating something unimportant.
“To be laid flat out under the quilt“: To be very ill.
“To wear out nine quilts“: To live to a great age.
“To converse under a fine quilt“: To be very intimate.

This quartet is by Rifat of Kilis:
Satin counterpane
Where did you spring from
We never knew longing
Until you unleashed it in us.

The contents of this publication, which has been funded through the 2010 Economic Development Financial Support Programme of the Silk Road Development Agency, does not represent the views of the Silk Road Development Agency and/or the Ministry of Development. The Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce is the sole bearer of responsibility for the contents.