Shirdak is running the Bloom collection by Enosis


To tell you the truth, I am quite nervous. On March 31st I will take part in the Selvedge Spring Fair in London. Travelling in Central Asia makes me less stressful than one day in London. Anyway on this fair I will present the Enosis Bloom collection 2012. Read more Shirdak is running the Bloom collection by Enosis

If you want to get ahead, get a hat!

felted hats from Kyrgyzstan
New collection felt hats from Kyrgyzstan

Once a hat was an indispensable part of your clothing.  The hat you were wearing could tell a stranger whether you were married or not, in mourn or what class you belonged to.

Nowadays , almost everywhere these signals have disappeared. Read more If you want to get ahead, get a hat!

Winter Season at Shirdak Part One

The new Winter Collection and the Anneke Copier Fashion show at Shirdak

Time flies when you’re busy.

Every year in September I am excited to start the new season. The Autumn and Winter season is our best time to surprise the clients with warm and cosy felt slippers, nice scarves, comfortable cushions and rugs. Read more Winter Season at Shirdak Part One

High Heel Boot

nice example of our new style shoe, an unique combination with a bag from Dagmar Binder

Last spring I decided to design a new boot. We have the so called round nose boot and the cowboy boot for a couple of years now. The new idea was to make a female high heel boot, elegant with some space for all five toes. To become successful with an elegant high heel boot in the Netherlands is the same as selling drop (liquorice) to foreigners. Read more High Heel Boot

OYA, the new necklace


On the second day on the fair Meesterlijk, it appears to me that the oya necklace is a favourite item to buy. Therefore I will tell you something of its background.

Oya or turkisch lace is in various forms and motifs, has different names depending on the means employed: needle, crochet hook, shuttle, to name just a few. It is a product of the deep-rooted Anatolian culture with no exact equivalent in other languages, oya edging not only adorns women’s headscarves today, it is also used as an accessory in modern design.

Traditionally, the headdresses and scarves women wore on their heads, the printed cloths, and prayer and funeral head coverings were decorated with various kinds of oya, which was also used on undergarments, to adorn outer garments, around the edges of towels and napkins and as a decorative element in many other places

Young maidens, new brides, and young women traditionally conveyed their loves, whether hopeful or hopeless, their expectations, their good tidings, their happiness and unhappiness, their resentment and their incompatibility with their husbands to those around them through the oya they wore.

A new bride who has a disagreeable relationship with her husband chose ‘pepper spice’ oya for her head, as if to say ‘my marriage was unhappy from the start’. But if she bound red pepper oya around her head, this was a sign that her relationship with her husband was as spicy as red hot pepper.

The oya we sell in the necklaces is needle work alternate with stones like amethyst and lapis lazuli.