Author(s): Sultan SOKMEN, Zeynep BALKANAL

Herbal knitting is the name given to the process of knitting with various techniques after plant stems or branches and leaves are turned into strips. It is a handicraft that dates back to ancient times. Today, this handicraft has begun to be forgotten with the advancement of technology and the change in living conditions. Zembil knitting, which is the subject of the research, has an important place among Bafra handicrafts.

In 2010, Anadolu Sigorta opened a Zembil knitting course in Bafra within the scope of the “One Master, Thousand Masters” Social Responsibility Project, under the consultancy of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, in order to revive the professions that were on the verge of disappearing, Nuran Güngör was the instructor of the course as a zembil knitting master. With this project, it is aimed to support the family budget and provide a profession for the women participating in the zembil knitting course.

Our aim in this study; to draw attention to Bafra zembil knitting and to promote zembil knitting, to give information about the life and works of Nuran Güngör, who practices and teaches this art. For this purpose, detailed information is given under the headings of the raw materials used in knitting zembil and the preparation of these raw materials for knitting, the process steps of knitting zembil. In addition, the current state of herbal knitting and information about Bafra zembil knitting are mentioned. The work of Nuran Güngör, who was a zambil knitting instructor at Bafra Public Education Center, was included, and his contributions to zambil knitting were emphasized.


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