The DOBAG Cooperative in Ayvacik
Ivan Soenderholm 1 August 2005
The DOBAG Cooperative, S.S. Süleymanköy Tarimsal Kalkinma
Kooperatifi, has showroom and administration just outside Ayvacik on the
road to Canakkale - in the north-western
part of Turkey. And very close to Assos, the ancient
Aeolian city above the tourist resort and beautiful fishing village of
I visited the cooperative's showroom in July 2005 and had an interesting
conversation with the accountant Digdem Geral. She told me about the DOBAG project and showed
examples of recent production.
At this moment weavers from 31 villages and 3 towns, Ezine, Ayvacik and
Bayramic, have joined the cooperative. All wool were natural
dyed and the wool spun with winter wool. Prices were calculated by the
numbers of knots in the carpet. All rugs were marked with a village symbol
and a weaver mark.
More information about the DOBAG project
on world wide web.