Not far from Izmir is the small village of Nazarkoy. Once known as Kurudere (dry stream). The town recently changed it's name to celebrate and market its craft of nazar glass beads . The nazar is an amulet made to ward off the evil eye and are seen everywhere in Turkey. From small nazars pinned to babies' cloths to jewelry, air fresheners and even on underwear the image is everywhere.
The first stop is for Turkish breakfast in a garden setting. This is a few hour event, enjoying the morning air and conversations as you graze on a great spread of cucumbers, olives, tomatoes, red peper pastes with walnuts, a variety of cheese, plenty of jams and bread. oh! and of course plenty of çay (tea). Now you are ready to see the studio and the artists in action.
After buying some beads from the artist directly, stroll into the town for more shopping and of course... more çay.