Bibliography studies, which we can call “esâme-i kütüp” in our tradition or commonly “index”, are very important in terms of conducting scientific research with a specific subject and a purposeful purpose. Such publications, which serve to determine the boundaries of the research subject correctly and enrich the content, play an exceptional role in preventing duplication and thus revealing new findings fed from existing information. Since some of the new things are forgotten old things, the bibliographies that enable us to remember the old ones in question are a necessary gear of the scientific control mechanism that prevents the vicious circle in our academic research. In this regard, the need for bibliographic studies in every field is much felt in neglected disciplines such as Turkish-Islamic book arts.
Both biographical and oral history studies about important names of our culture and art world, give us invaluable experiences by tracing the past. Thanks to these valuable life stories, we can determine with all the vitality how our cultural and artistic values have experienced from past to present. Thus, we can have an idea about how art and culture will be shaped from now on. It is our responsibility to absorb these values and tell them with an understanding appropriate to the present day and to pass them on to the next generations.
The cultural life stages of our past should not remain on the dusty shelves of history; We want all these values to reveal the deepest points of our cultural history that can be reached. Thus, these studies are presented to the benefit of the culture and art public opinion and contributed to the accumulation of resources in our academy world.
In this work, in line with all this desire and purpose, both an intellectual art historian and intellectual prepared for Dr. Filiz Çağman. Great efforts were made to remind Dr. Çağman who is an exemplary person in every aspect to his contemporaries and to introduce them to new generations.
The book was published in two languages, English and Arabic. Extensive information about the art performed by all masters, examples of their works, addresses of workshops and working areas, telephone and e-mail addresses were included in the book. The book, which contains information about the branches of art included in the inventory, has covered associations, foundations and workshops that carry out studies on traditional arts and crafts.
Traditional Arts Association, with the support of Culture and Tourism Ministry has completed and presented the inventory book and website of the “Masters of Turkey-Marmara Region” to the public in the introductory meeting held on 11th November 2017 at Crr.
The inventories of the masters of traditional arts and crafts living and producing in the provinces of the Marmara Region were made and our cultural heritage and art accumulation were made visible.
In order to contribute to the promotion and development of Patchwork art, and in cooperation with the municipality of Beykoz and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University in 2017, The Association of Traditional Arts organized a two-category patchwork contest in two categories as "freestyle design" and "traditional design". The Association of Traditional Arts also prepared a catalog including the awarded works and the ones worth to exhibit.