As part of a 3-day cultural action, the lecture on history and semantics of the Crimean Tatar ornament was held at ‘Tamga’ Crimean Tatar cultural center.
The lecture was delivered by Mamut Churlu, a Merited Artist of Ukraine, founder of ‘Crimean Style’ project and author of studies on art symbolism of the Crimean Tatar embroidery ornamental patterns.
According to the artist, every symbol in Crimean Tatar art has a completely unique meaning. Although many of them were lost many years ago, the Crimean Tatar researches are now actively involved in their recovery.
For example, we learned that rose, a traditional symbol in Crimean Tatar ornament, means a married woman, tulip - a man, bergenia – a young girl, carnation – a person of advanced age.
Now, Mamut Churlu together with other researches involved in decoding the Crimean Tatar signs and symbols. It is a hard work that requires a lot of time and efforts. Many materials and books were lost during the deportation in 1944. At the same time decorative and applied arts also stopped developing, which is not surprising, because one of the most common symbols of the Crimean Tatars is a triangle (a symbol of native land and a house). In fact, at that tough time the Crimean Tatar creativity stopped developing for a long 40 years.
The renaissance of decorative and applied arts began in the 80s of the 20th century, when Crimean Tatars started to return to their homeland, Crimea. Craftsmen again took on recreation of the Crimean Tatar ornament. Then, the current authors sustained the folk art and managed to incorporate the spiritual heritage of the past in a contemporary art.
The lecture was accompanied by a multimedia slide show with images of the Crimean Tatar ornament patterns, and each was subjected to a thorough analysis by the famous researcher.