Lion Toy with Oya Embroidery
We can't get over how cute this one-eyed lion is by Soma Artisans! The women of Soma Artisans embellish it with Oya, or decorative ‘Turkish Lace,’ made using a technique that has been utilized in various regions of Turkey since the 16th Century and is believed to have its origins in 8th Century B.C. Anatolia. One can traditionally find Oya on a variety of items and they can often serve as a symbol of nonverbal communication in village society.
Soma Artisans sources all of its materials, such as cotton, or silk fabric and threads, needles or hooks from within Turkey. Artists hand-weave silk or cotton thread with a crochet needle making beautiful edgings that differ from other types of lace because they are created with only one needle and a single strand of thread. Each stitch is knotted but looped as well. A flower motif emerges with elements such as petals, leaves, stems and stamens that can be impressively enhanced by stuffing and stiffening materials giving a striking three-dimensional appearance.
Dimensions: Approximately 12" long by 3.5" wide and 6" tall.
Please note this is original, handmade folk art, so there might be slight variations materials or appearance.