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.