Women of Tepte Village

Bayram Ayhan

Bayram Ayhan

Bayram Ayhan

Bayram Ayhan

Born in 1973, Malatya. He involved in with photography for 10 years. His photographs are represented in so many different local and abroad magazines. His photography presentation titled "Tobacco" represented in Malinski Photo Fest in Macedonia. He deserve to join with 3 photographs to FIAP Colored Print Biennial 2019 Turkey Team Elimination that made by TFSF. His photograph "İmece" ranked one at "Women in Life" themed photography competition made by KADEM Antalya City Representation. He's still creating art on serial photograph projects.

Süleyman Turan

Süleyman Turan

Süleyman Turan

Süleyman Turan

Born in 1957, Malatya. He's started to painting when he was a child after retired he continues to paint at his own workplace. His works that made in that workplace with "burning-branding" technique attract good attention. He held solo and group exhibitions at Malatya, Ankara, İstanbul and İzmir. Once he took photos for his paintings, then it starts to be a passion for him. He mostly takes photos about rural life. He still does his photography projects, oil paintings and burning-branding works at his own workplace.

Kezban Kocacı

Kezban Kocacı

Kezban Kocacı

Kezban Kocacı

She was born in Istanbul in 1984. She graduated from Haydarpaşa Industrial and Vocational High School Electronics Department. She worked as an electronics technician in a private company for a long time. Her interest in photography started at a young age, but she had her first professional training in photography in 2013 at the İBB İsmek course by buying a dslr machine. She traveled most of Anatolia for the sake of this passion inside. Her photographs were awarded in national competitions. Street and documentary works are her areas of particular interest and she continues to develop herself in this field.

Tepde (Koru), is a cute village in Kemaliye, Divriği Arapgir triangle, about 20 km from the district center, in the Arapgir district of Malatya. The meaning of the word Tepde is a hilltop village.

Tepde appears like an oasis today, where multi-storey concrete buildings, high-walled, barbed-wire village houses now occupy even the most remote towns. While walking around through the stony streets, we suddenly find ourselves in the stories reflected from the past to the present. Tepte is like a town of cultural memory that reminds us of our roots. Both concrete and intangible elements are so well preserved that everything in the town has a cultural meaning.

The mainstays of the village are agricultural production, especially grape mulberry and almond, and animal husbandry, albeit a little. Of course, naturally, the village is surrounded by vineyards, mulberry and almond trees. Grapes and mulberries are both fresh fruit and dried, as well as being transformed into high value-added products such as mulberry molasses, mulberry pulp, grape molasses, grape pulp, walnut sausage, and become a source of mainstays in the hands of skilled women of the village.

Tepde women wear shalwar and cardigans as their daily clothes, and wrap a headscarf as a veil, as like in all Anatolia. The women of Tepde, who wear velvet and satin clothes on special occasions such as weddings and holidays, cover their heads again with cheesecloth. The headscarf and manuscripts worn in daily life and on special occasions are embroidered. However, in funerals, unlined and unprocessed cheesecloths are worn. This situation is an endemic tradition that belongs only to Tepde as in circular wall plaster.

Tepte is a town that keeps its traditions alive and has cultural dynamics, and women fulfill an important function as cultural carriers that bring these practices, many of which have remained in the past, from the desolation they are in.

We believe that this work will contribute to a better understanding of the women of this town, which adds value to the geography where it is located like a rare flower, and Tepde, who continues to keep alive the examples of folk culture that have been forgotten, sunk into oblivion, and which are no longer a dream.

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