Students from Sevim Şirikçi Vocational and Technical High School for Girls in Kahramanmaraş province embroider various motifs, including the rooster figure discovered in the ancient city of Germenicia and hunter, human and animal figures as well as the gypsy girl found in mosaics in Zeugma, Gaziantep.
Students in the department, including hearing impaired students, create many decorative objects from dolls to flowers with their dreams and hearts. Stating that they enrolled in the department, as they love making these things, students are trained in such areas as creating traditional and local products, attire and household accessories.
Ayşegül Kaya, the chief of handicrafts technologies at the school, said that all the objects that students produce are handmade. She said that students who normally work on home accessories are currently creating beautiful decorative objects from mosaics. She said they want to improve their curriculum by adapting mosaics and showing people that this art field can be transferred into daily life.
Kaya pointed out that the art of mosaics began centuries ago when people painted the stones that they collected on the costs and said artists prefer imitation stones instead of real ones.
Handicrafts instructor Şule Yılmaz claimed that teachers and students are safeguarding an important cultural heritage. Offering insight into their department, Yılmaz stated, "I believe that this department is very important in terms of contributing to the economy of our country and drawing a professional path for the future of our students." She said she trains deaf students as well as those who are incapable of improving themselves intellectually. "It makes me happy to observe my students performing their work with passion," she added.
On the other hand, Ahsen Izgınlı, a 12th grader, stated that she wants to improve herself and pass this art to future generations. Claiming that she is training in a very entertaining department, Izgınlı said, "We are preparing for our future by blending our dreams with little stones." Fatma Güleç, another student in the department, expressed her happiness about creating mosaics and dolls.