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600-year-old tradition: reşik in Van, harik in Bitlis, çarik in Antep

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In the workshop of shoemaker Mecit Emen, special shoes called ‘reşik’, a legacy of Urartian and Kurdish culture, come to life. Emen told the history and adventure of the adult to Kadri Cesur from the Wall.

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Shoes called ‘reşik’, an Urartian and Kurdish tradition, are being revived by Mecit Emen today. Shoemaker Mecit Emen points out that this cultural heritage is in danger of extinction, stating that he is the only person who has been producing rats for thirty years. Reşik reflects a historical past by embodying both Urartian and Kurdish motifs.

Goat hair, which is used in raccoons, is known to be resistant to water and moth. In addition, these shoes prevent the formation of bacteria and eliminate sweating problems. Adult shoes are preferred by folk dance teams, television programs, fashion designers and enthusiasts abroad as well as for daily use.

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Mecit Emen draws attention to the importance of keeping the Kurdish tradition and cultural heritage alive with the production of adult shoes. Stating that the state should support such heritages, he emphasizes that it is important to meet the needs of labor and personnel.

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Translator :Akif Coşkun

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