Fashion designer Özlem Süer has produced new creations for the Baksı Culture and Art Foundation using ehram textiles of Bayburt. Made up of 99 items, Özlem Süer's collection was presented on Wednesday, 22 December to art and fashion lovers by models Ebru Öztürk, Merve Büyük Saraç and Sanem Balcı at Özlem Süer House, with the cooperation of the Anel Group. There will be a repeat of the fashion show on Tuesday, 28 December at the Anel Business Center, Gallery 5. The "99 ehrams project" brings together symbols of a silent tradition, and Özlem Süer says that carrying it out was an exciting experience. Each of the 99 ehram pieces has a different design, and they bring a deeply rooted tradition to the life of the city.
The Baksı Museum, which germinated in 2000 as the personal dream of Hüsamettin Koçan, opened its doors in 2010 thanks to the contributions and support of numerous volunteers. The aim of the museum is, by having contemporary art and traditional handicrafts side by side under one roof, to fuse art with life and thus revitalize the economic life of the region.
The Baksı Museum will stress the productivity not only of artists but also of the local people. Thanks to the support of the Anel Group the "99 ehrams project" has become possible, with the goal of bringing Bayburt's traditional ehrams, in the designs of Özlem Süer, to the big cities and thus reviving this art. According to Hüsamettin Koçan, proceeds from the sale of Özlem Süer’s 99 designs will be used not only at Baksı, but also to set up textile workshops in the surrounding villages so that the women living there can learn weaving and find employment. Koçan adds that production will not be confined to workshops which will open in the Baksı Museum, saying that they will strive to install looms in the homes, thus leading to the spread of the textile craft learned at the museum.
A major supporter of the project is the Anel Group, and the Chair of its Board of Directors, Rıdvan Çelikel, says that with its mission to back art and artists the Anel Group has contributed to the "99 ehrams project".
Çelikel adds that they are excited to know that on 28 December this important fashion show will be hosted by Gallery 5 in the Anel Business Center.
The 10-year odyssey of the Baksı Museum Folk Art Research and Implementation Center is being documented with interviews by critic and journalist Ayşegül Sönmez.
Entitled "Conversations at Home, Baksı", the book features interviews given to Ayşegül Sönmez on the genesis of the Baksı Museum by Ahu Antmen, Ali Akay, Ali Artun, Ali Kazma, Beril Anılanmert, Beşir Ayvazoğlu, Han Tümertekin, Hasan Bülent Kahraman, Neşe Özgen, Özlem Süer and Zeynep Yasa Yaman, all important figures in the world of art.
"Conversations at Home, Baksı" has been published in two languages, Turkish and English, and a meeting to introduce it was held on 27 November 2010 at the Baksı Stand connected with Contemporary Istanbul.