The 13th ETN Conference, including the General Assembly was held in Izmir, Turkey, with attractive tours, a.o. to Bursa and Istanbul, from 15th to 22nd September 2005.


Ms Suhandan Özay Demirkan, Professor and Head of the Textile, Fashion and Accessories' Department of the Fine Arts Faculty, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, was our event co-ordinator in Turkey.

PfeilConference programme
The international exhibition
Some photographic impressions

Some Details of the Event

The conference had 137 participants from 27 foreign countries (32 participants came from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, Peru and North Amerika) and many Turkish participants who were not registered because their entry was free. Europeans were represented mainly by British (18 participants), Germans (16), Spanish (13), Dutch (9), Georgians (8) and, in lower numbers, people from 15 other European countries.

Trips and tours were made to Konya by 12 persons; the Izmir city trip had 53 participants; the Woven Legend Restoration Workshop in Izmir saw 42 people, the trip to craft villages and towns like Tire 54; on the Yuntdag & Bergama trip were 21 persons and 70 of the Izmir conference participants had joint the long tour to Bursa and Istanbul.

The 9 courses in Izmir and Konya took place with enough and in some cases even too many participants of whom we did not know their final number because there were many Turkish participants among them.

The international exhibition had 357 applicants from 42 countries; 132 works of 111 artists from 31 countries were displayed, among them 29 Turkish and 23 artists from 8 non-European countries. Among the foreigners the British and US artists dominated in numbers, with 9 artists each.
Our Turkish partner, Suhandan Özay, had made an excellent press campaign and got ample space in Turkish newspapers and magazines for both the exhibition and conference.

Some information on places and activities of the Turkish textile-cultural sector is published in three issues of Textile Forum magazine TF 1 + 2 + 3/2005, available at Euro 11,- plus postage each from Textile Forum Service, e-mail: tfs@ETN-net.org; fax +49-511/813108

The exhibition catalogue with more than 200 pages, colour illustrations and detailed information on all works and artists, including their addresses, is available at Euro 29,- plus postage from Textile Forum Library, e-mail: tfs@ETN-net.org; fax: +34-918010907

Useful links

General, tourist and cultural information
The Turkish Embassy in the UK
Die türkische Botschaft in Deutschland
Bureau de Tourisme de Turquie
Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Ankara
Discover Turkey
Travel Guide "Go Turkey"
Turkish Cultural Foundation
Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Textile collections and others
Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul
Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum, Istanbul
Mehmet Cetinkaya Gallery, Istanbul
Catal Höyük, near Konya
Sabiha Tansug Collection
"Woven Legends" Restoration
Internet Portal "The Ottomans"
Belkis Balpinar, "Artkilims"

Textile industry
Home Textile Industrialists `& Businessmen`s Association Turkey
Istanbul Textile & Apparel Exporters`Association
Turkish Time Online Magazine
International Home Textiles Fair-Evteks, Istanbul
International Textile & Accessories Fair-ITSE, Istanbul
Fair calendar (incl. Intl. Istanbul Ready-to-Wear)