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Arasta Bazaar no. 135, Sultanahmet
Tel 0212 516 30 22
Open daily 8:30am to 8:30pm
TOWEL, BATH LINEN
Located in the venerable Arasta Bazaar, this unusual shop is owned by Jennifer Gaudet, a Canadian expatriate who became fascinated by Turkish textile traditions. The shop sells handwoven terry towels and pestamel (Turkish bath towels) with traditional patterns that have been updated or reworked in pastel shades. They are made in the Anatolian villages that Gaudet has personally visited since 2009 in her search for traditions on the verge of extinction. Handmade, most often on old-style-shuttled looms, the textiles are coloured with natural dyes, which means that each dye bath creates a unique range. Cotton items are certified organic, and towels and exfoliating gloves come in different sizes, colours (linen grey, pale pink, muted turquoise, etc.) and thicknesses. Special orders are accepted, and alterations or a custom robe can be made by the in-house tailor while you do your shopping nearby.