While on the one hand initiating a discussion of the center and the surroundings, art and society, tradition and modernity, cultural boundaries and diversity, existence and ‘coming home’, on the other hand the Baksı Museum seeks to stimulate the economic life of Bayburt, a region which has lost as much population to migration as any in Turkey.
For this reason the workshops built next to the museum are elements which complete and round it out. From the very outset the museum idea was complemented by that of textile and ceramic workshops oriented toward continual production and toward bringing especially women and young people into economic life. These workshops were thus high on the list of priorities for the Baksı Culture and Art Foundation, which made the museum a reality.
All the official data indicate that 90% of the working women in the villages of the region work as “unpaid family workers.” Women produce, but in the economic sense they get no share of the production.
There are almost no alternative sources of income in the region, and this fact leads to constant migration away from the rural areas. People who can only farm, who have no other profession or occupation, migrate to the city where it is impossible to employ them, leading to new problems. And always it is the women who suffer most.
The weaving projects of the Baksı Culture and Art Foundation both hand the cultural heritage down to future generations by making of it an element of added economic value, and at the same time, because they are in a position to contribute to production from their homes, support the employment of women.