Culture

Traditional Clothes

In Kütahya, which is in the middle of the Inner Anatolia,Agean and Marmara regions, women clothes especially are richer and different than in other parts of Anatolia. Kütahya was the capital of Germiyans so there is a distinctive style. The traditional style of women’s clothing is different in the centre to the outlying towns. In rural parts of Kütahya, there is a similar style of clothing from Bursa Keles to Teke.

The style encompasses a headscarf, white kerchief, underclothes, undershirt, under-robe, baggy trousers, apron, socks, simple sandals and beaded jewellery. Alternatively in the city centre the women wear: gold, silver, silver thread, pearl and bead embriodered clothes, diamond necklaces, pearl jewellery, earrings, brooches, silver belts, diamond rings and gold bracelets. Fez ,bride fez, embriodered sacrves, red shirts, bridal veils, socks and slippers are worn only on specific days. Daily clothes are modern. In contrast to the authenticity of the clothes of the women, the men wear Agean Region Style clothing. Zeybek (a kind of folk dance in Agean Region) features are dominant. In men’s clothing there is some court effect. Main clothes are fez, shirts scarf belt, gun bag, baggy trousers, socks, rawhide sandals, kerchief and boots. As for accesories, embriodered handkerchiefs, watches with chain, tobacco purses, rosary and amulets are used.

Gastronomi

Traditional dishes are based largely on pastry, wheat and dairy products. Poppy-seed bread, gökçemen pastry, finger pizza, pancake, meat pastries are amongst the favourites. Meat prepared in earhtenware pots and casseroles, meat stew with onions, roasted meat, meatball,stuffed cabbage and vine lives, stuffed tomato, green pepper, potato and aubergine are all local main courses. Kütahya soups are especially famous.

Soup with dried yoghurt, tomato and pimentto and local spices are enjoyed in winter and during the month of fasting ( Ramadan). Pumkin with syrup and walnuts, delicate pastries, home-made baklava and halva are amongst the favourite desserts. Tavşanlı is very famous for its roasted chickpea throughout.

The roasted chickpea, produced in Tavşanlı, has many varieties including salted, and types flavoured with pepper, vanilla, sugar, cocoa and cinnamon.

Folk Music

Folk music by anonymous composers has come down from generation to generation, in folk songs. Kütahya folk songs are lyrical and depict feelings and events in life including love, happiness, sorrow and sadness.

Example of Kütahya Folk Songs; “Kütahya’nın Pınarları”, “Gerdaniye”, “Duman Vardır Güzel İzmir’in Başında”, “Havada Durna Sesi Gelir”, “Hisar’dan İnmem Diyor” etc.

Folk Dance

The zeybek is a form of folk music and dance peculiar to Western Anatolia in Turkey. It is believed that this dance was created by zeybek warriors who try to simulate movements of hawks.

Zeybeks had a special dance in which performers simulated hawks. Romantic songs about their bravery are still popular in Turkish folk music. The sword was their primary weapon, but most of them carried firearms as well.

Zeybeks dances are formed, in general, of 9/8 measures and have a variety of tempos such as very slow, slow, fast and very fast.

Traditional Houses

Germiyan sons lived in one of history’s most glorious period of time. Due to the center of the Principality many architectural work it has been built in Kütahya.

Kütahya stone house is only used in the basic part. Tile roofing is squatting. Kütahya and near absence of rich woods, carcasses should have provided the wood for use in both frames. Resistance is often used scotch the better. However, wood moisture, resistance to external factors such as water and fire is low, therefore many have not survived Kütahya house.

In the development process towards the garden introverted “Outer Sofa (Hayatli) House” in place, turning the street “Internal Sofala Home” has received. 18th Century Mostly in Kütahya house; the impact of beliefs, facade facing the street was left completely deaf or (Hungarian house) or windows are opened too high (Haji Ismail Cakir house). The facade facing the street was part of their lives to avoid being seen sagirlastiril. 19.-20. Kütahya century house is related directly to the street. Enriched with overhangs the upper floors, in different directionsOpen pop-up window with different views and bright spaces were obtained. Some houses are in the harem and men. This section is divided with the division as separate entries.

18th century house in Kütahya; the rooms are not designed for a single function. Rooms; day and night in the bedroom while the living room is also the dining room during the day. 19-20 with changing social life. century house in Kütahya functions are divided into different areas.