While the 70 year old Melek San was growing up, her mother didn’t have the time to teach her to knit, or make crochets. When she got married, her mother-in-law taught her how to make beautiful work from handcrafting. Melek said “You cannot just stand there for hours doing nothing, why not keep yourself busy with handmade works?”
Because her kids do not live close, the few times she left the village were to visit them abroad such as the UK and Turkey. She would give presents such as blankets, bags, and necklaces etc. that were made by her, by hand.
Melek was born and raised in Akincilar and even taught at the Akincilarschool for 24 years. She has been participating in the Knit-Art project, funded by UNDP-PFF and implemented by The Management Centre, for over a week. She has been working on a blanket for her grandchild.
Melek believes that this project has had a positive impact on their village as in, meeting up together and socializing and at the same time working to generate an income from their handmade works, as before they would only meet up to socialize with one another and be updated on what is going on in the village.