Münire Sultan Handicraft Bazaar
The Münire Sultan Madrasa (Münire Sultan Medresesi) behind the Nasrullah Mosque (Nasrullah Cami) was built in 1746. You can buy traditional handicraft in the 21 stores within the Madrasa, take a breath of fresh air at a coffee on your tour around the Kastamonu city centre.
This special lace bobbin method is made without any tools. The laces are knotted through using hands and nails only. This traditional decoration along two or four sides of bed sheets is usually made by women.
Plain white calico fabric is printed with hand-carved or embossed herbal, geometric motives on lime-wood moulds in different sizes by a using a special single dye colour.
It is estimated that needle lacing exists in Kastamonu since ancient times. Needle lace made its way from 12th century Anatolia to Europe. Oral traditions state that during the last period of the Ottoman Empire, women, whose husbands went to war, earned their living through selling needle lace to Europe, with the help of merchants.
The Hamam Glove
As it is originally produced in Tosya, it is also known as the “Tosya Bath Glove”. The raw material is angora wool, which is obtained from the Angora goats in the Central Anatolia Region, and manually spun to yarn with hand-spins. The angora is woven with angora using a hand loom.