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Institutional Member: Hisar Anatolia Support Society (HADD)

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After watching the video “Girls & Roots” (by Ümit Kıvanç), Professor Dr. Servet Harunoğlu, along with her classmates, established Hisar Anatolia Support Society (HADD) in Istanbul in April 2010. Five Kilim (rug) weaving workshops were organized with 120 young nomad women participating. HADD aims is to teach children of migrant families from rural areas with limited economic resources the skills necessary to improve their lives socially and financially. The organizations tries to support a growing socialization among the young people of the area, improve their problem solving abilities, and enable them to make the best use of the cultural and artistic values of their region. HADD also primarily tries to help the girls and their families raise their income. The girls form a cooperative they manage themselves, while reviving and preserving the traditional Kilim weaving art with naturally dyed wool. The group takes pride in their work and participated in various exhibitions, two of which will take place in 2012 in the Santa Fe Folk Art Market. Kilims made by the cooperative are sold in Istanbul Islamic Art and Washington D.C. Textile Museum shops and there are frequent TV programs, as well a HandEye Magazine article on the collective. For more information about HADD, please visit their website

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