Marmara knitwear student wins Doku Fabric Design Competition

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Fashion show of the Doku Fabric Design Competition, held for the first time in Gaziantep, at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum.

The inaugural Aynur Tattersall-Doku Fabric Design Competition, held recently in Gaziantep, Turkey, is said to have amazed the audience at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in the city, according to the Avrupa Times. Fikret Kileci, Coordinator Head of GAİB commented: “We want to open up to the world with final products as well. We aim to create a brand value by creating more innovative and environmentally friendly textile products.”

Mihriban Yazır, a graduate student at Marmara University, Fine Arts Faculty, Textile Department, Knitwear Section, came first in the competition with the fabric she designed with the theme ‘Scream’.

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“During the Covid-19 period, nature actually entered a process of renewing itself, with people shutting down in their homes. It began to show an existence. What I wanted to show, too, was to show the flower that emerged among the concrete piles on the sidewalks. I understood this when I went out on the street during the pandemic period. Humanity has an intervention in nature and nature is trying to get rid of it,” Mihriban told the news website.

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© Marmara University

“I used this in my fabrics as well. I used harder threads such as polyester and fishing line to give a hard look that resembled stones. I used natural yarns such as cotton to show the existence of nature. That’s why I chose green. Because in this period, I observed that nature showed an existence despite human beings and screamed out. I was very confident in my fabrics, I put a lot of effort into it. I am very happy to be the first. I produced my own fabrics in size 40 by 40. Unlike the other competitors, I designed knitted fabric, the other competitors made it from woven fabric. I thought I would create more of this effect in knitting,” she said.

The first of the Doku Fabric Design Competition was hosted in Gaziantep this year by the Southeast Anatolian Textile and Raw Materials Exporters’ Association, with the support of the Ministry of Commerce and under the coordination of the Turkish Exporters Assembly. The works were exhibited in a magnificent atmosphere amongst the thousands of years old works of the Zeugma Museum in a festive mood, which is said to have astonished the audience.

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While the results of the competition were announced with a fashion show, the night held at Zeugma Mosaic Museum was attended by Deputy Minister of Trade Rıza Tuna Turagay, GAİB Coordinator President Fikret Kileci, Turkish Exporters Assembly President İsmail Gülle and Gaziantep Deputy Derya Bakbak.

The designs of 222 contestants for the competition were evaluated by the jury consisting of academicians, fashion designers, textile engineers and industry representatives, and 10 finalists were determined. Despite the fact that the competition, which aims to contribute to the emergence of original, value-added and innovative fabric designs, to train new designers and to strengthen the textile industry, was held for the first time, the interest it received created satisfaction.

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© Marmara University

40 fabric designs of 10 finalists were exhibited at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, under the consultancy of fashion designer Dilek Hanif. The third prize of the competition was 25 thousand TL, the second prize was 50 thousand TL and the first prize was 100 thousand TL.

Opening doors

Making statements to the journalists before the fashion show, Kileci stated that they “opened to the world” and said :“But that’s how we are in the intermediate product. Now we want to carry this into the final product. This and similar organizations are definitely one of the most important levers of this business while we are fighting that our export unit price will increase in the Southeastern Anatolia Region, with more value-added, more innovative and more environmentally friendly products, and how we can increase it to 20-40 dollars if the unit price of ready-made clothing is 10 dollars today.”

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© Marmara University

“Our goal with the project is to produce value-added products and to create ready-made and outerwear brand products with these fabrics and sell them to the world. We will try to do that too. Our aim is to produce better quality textile products and sell them to the world.”

Emphasizing that their aim is not to close their doors, Kileci said: “We cannot close our doors to anyone, but our priority is our own children and designers. Only after we bring them to a certain place can we organize an international competition. TIM, the Ministry does this. We want our own designers to compete in our local area.”

Exports continue

Speaking at the opening of the fashion show, Deputy Minister of Trade Rıza Tuna Turagay said: “We can export products with high added value with our designer, innovation, creativity and our work with high brand value. This is why these competitions are so important. This year, our exporter associations organized 15 design competitions. As the Ministry of Trade, we support all of these competitions. To date, we have sent our designers, who have been ranked in 228 different competitions, abroad for training. And when they return to their countries, they start working for Turkey’s exports.”

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© Marmara University

“When we look at the exports of the textile and apparel industry in the last 10 months, we see that it is 25.5 billion dollars. Turkey’s total exports are $181.8 billion in the first 10 months. Do you know how much is the share of textile and apparel? When you look at it, it’s over 15 percent. This is a huge success. Our textile and apparel industry is the apple of our eye, so these design competitions are very important for our textile and apparel industry to turn to fashion and branded products.”

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