Among the traditional Turkish arts, we can also list the arts performed today as well; miniature craft, ceramics, wood crafts, glasswork, stonemasonry, marbling art, caligraphy, carpet weaving.
Turkey’s exports of cultural goods consisting of more than 70 percent of the handicraft products, increased by 38 percent during 2015-2017 rose to 24.6 billion liras from 17.8 billion liras.
Handicraft products, which bear the traces of Turkish culture from weaving to tile, woodworking to glass art, have expanded their place in the world showcase.
Considering the cultural field, the total stood at 17.9 billion liras last year, exports of handicraft products with the highest share. The share of handicrafts in total exports of cultural goods was 72.7 percent.
Handicrafts, followed by audio and visual media exports with 24 percent, and book and print press exports with 3 percent. Visual arts, performing arts and common celebrations, architectural design products, cultural heritage, archives and libraries have also attracted attention as other areas where cultural exports were made. The products in question were sent all over the world.
The highest share in the import of cultural goods was seen in visual and auditory media with 55.2 percent. Imports in this area were calculated as 10.2 billion liras in 2017.
Books and print media, 21 percent, 18 percent of the handicrafts, 4 percent of the visual arts, while performing arts and public celebrations 1 percent, cultural heritage, archives and libraries 0.1 percent, architectural design products with 0.05 percent were the areas of imports least made.
Director of Traditional Handicrafts and Stores of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Yılmaz said, the works carried out within the scope of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity increased the export of cultural goods. As these and similar works continue, handicrafts reflecting the cultural identities will take place in the international platform more.