These Turkish beaded bags are collectors items with designs from the 1970s that to this day are still being produced as part of a long cultural heritage. They originate within prisons, where men learn to string these precious glass beads from Czechoslovakia into intricate patterns that express their love, longing, and spirituality. Flowers are very important within Turkish culture. This colourful design is this man’s expression of nature’s beauty. This bag has had the name Tülay (literally "moon covered in tulle") embroidered upon it in her honour, by Ayşe who wishes to venerate his lover in his work, even while he is in prison.
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