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Jennifer's Hamam - Arasta Bazaar
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“When my family moved to Istanbul (our 13th relocation), I bought inexpensive towels at a local shop whilst our belongings were in transit. Then a Canadian friend took me to Jennifer’s Hamam for textiles, which inspired me to set the color palette for my new home. 4 years later, the cheap towels have degraded to the rag bin. My handloomed, 100% organic cotton, “looped” towels are as beautiful as that first day - just softer. They will remind us of Turkey wherever we live for the rest of our lives. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ customer satisfaction - human & feline”

#jennifershamam #entrepreneur #expat #expatliving #expathome #thisglobalhome #towels #handloom #weaving #Turkish #GOTS #organiccotton #takingroute #overseaslife #bathrooms #interiors #wanderwomen #womenentrepreneurs #catsofistanbul
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“When my family moved to Istanbul (our 13th relocation), I bought inexpensive towels at a local shop whilst our belongings were in transit. Then a Canadian friend took me to Jennifer’s Hamam for textiles, which inspired me to set the color palette for my new home. 4 years later, the cheap towels have degraded to the rag bin. My handloomed, 100% organic cotton, “looped” towels are as beautiful as that first day - just softer. They will remind us of Turkey wherever we live for the rest of our lives. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ customer satisfaction - human & feline”

#jennifershamam #entrepreneur #expat #expatliving #expathome #thisglobalhome #towels #handloom #weaving #Turkish #GOTS #organiccotton #takingroute #overseaslife #bathrooms #interiors #wanderwomen #womenentrepreneurs #catsofistanbul
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Thanks Melanie!!! For the wonderful plug!!!


“I am going to do a shameless plug for my good friend Jennifer and her amazing organic, hand woven towels, and other textiles at Jennifer’s Hamam in Sultanahmet. I have been getting a lot of mileage out of this uber-lux towel here in the Okanagan and have had people come ask me where I got it. If you are in Istanbul and want to spoil yourself or a friend (I often buy these for wedding gifts) don’t think twice! You are also supporting weavers in Turkey who still work directly with looms and who also work with organic farms. https://www.jennifershamam.com
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Further to our post last month ... our young man is sporting his finished poncho that serves as a “towel you can wear”, ... he's ready for the pool! It is made from a light, colorful, soft, absorbant pestamel that was hand-loomed using GOTS-certified, organic cotton threads. Bring your child to the store to pick out a favorite pestamel and our in-house tailor will transform it into perfect attire for the hottest days of summer.

#jennifershamam #organiccotton #poncho #pestamel #towels #poolattire #beachclothes #design #fashion #summer
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Never too young to shop at Jennifer's Hamam, this customer is having a poncho custom-made by Nizametin Abi, the resident tailor who fashions our beautiful hand loomed towels & peştamels into robes, tunics, & upholstery with great skill & efficiency. The steady flow of beautiful things from his tucked-out-of-sight workshop is a source of fascination for little people, but these two seem to be tailor-made for eachother.
#jennifershamam #handloom #weaving #tailor #custommade #design #towels #pestmals #Turkish
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THE LOST TURKISH ART OF HANDWOVEN TOWELS

“Who wants to value a towel and the years of history and culture it represents?”

You will after reading this excellent post by Melody Meyer about Jennifer’s Hamam & the past, present, future of Turkish handloom weaving with organic, natural fibres. You can find it on unfi’s Organic Matters: a blog about everything organic: https://bit.ly/2uk7ZgE #MelodyMeyer #unfi #jennifershamam #organic #cotton #towels #handloom #weaving #Turkey #IFOAM
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To reduce the presence of lint created by shuttle motion, one inventive, Turkish home weaver dug a pit in her floor lined with a special white clay. The loom and weaver were positioned 1/2 above and 1/2 below ground. As natural fibre particles flew while she worked, they stuck to the clay, keeping the air in the family’s sitting room clean. A vanishing art form, this one-of-a-kind loom was dismantled when the weaver passed away. #jennifershamam #handloom #weaving #Turkey #homeweaving #clay
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Spring is here. Don’t neglect your feet when you do your spring cleaning and take a page from Turkish bath culture. Renew your skin by exfoliating rough, dead cells with a copper+tin topped pumice stone and kese gloves woven from tree bark or goat hair+silk. #spring #kese #pumice #skin #jennifershamam
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Caught sleeping on the job under the King's Blanket!!!
This lovely piece was special ordered by a royal family that graced our store with their presence. Designed with the beach in mind, the top side is woven in the opulent looped technique, while the bottom is flat weave that won’t hold sand. This majestic textile is beautiful & multi-functional as a throw on the couch, a bed cover or, as intended, a beach blanket. #jennifershamam #beachtowel #blanket #organiccotton #handloom #weaving #design #cotton #throw #royalty
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Warp and weft are the basic constituents of all textiles. Warp is the series of threads running lengthwise, over & under which the weft threads cross. Warp threads are rolled around a çözgü: a large cylindrical beam fixed at the back of the loom. Humidity wreaks havoc with threads, especially if it only affects some of them. Those will shrink, while dry threads won’t, misshaping the cloth after washing. To prevent this, our weavers layer sheets of newspaper between çözgü threads to absorb any moisture and keep the roll dry, ensuring a beautiful finished product. #jennifershamam #handloom #weaving #warp #çözgü #Turkey #cotton #thread #loom
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