Ebru is a traditional Turkish art considered by UNESCO as an important heritage for the whole world and worth preserving for future generations. As such it is listed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
The artist has a tray of oily water onto which specially prepared pigments are flicked, placed and finely brushed.
When paper contacts the surface of the design, the paint is magically transferred. Silk scarves and ties can also be "printed" in this way.
The art of Ebru was developed and refined in the Ottoman period, so common motifs are tulips and carnations.
After showing you how it is done, you can also have a go.
A rolled up ebru print or silk scarf is easy to pack into your suitcase and a genuine souvenir of an enchanting Turkish tradition.