13. ULUSLARARASI TÜRK KÜLTÜRÜ, SANATI ve KÜLTÜREL MİRASI KORUMA SEMPOZYUMU/SANAT ETKİNLİKLERİ “TÜRKİYE-ROMANYA İLİŞKİLERİ”, 4 - 08 Eylül 2019
Immigration to Turkey began by 1929, according to a pact signed by both Romanian and Turkish governments. A group of immigrants took the first step of the voyage that will end in Subasi, Izmit a town which they would found and settle in, by embarking onto ships from the port of Constanza. Madrova, from where the Alevi-Bektasi Turcoman people immigrated was in Romania in 1929, but it was within Bulgarian borders by 1940. However, the villages of Musurat and Shaman of Constanza where the Crimean Tatars came are within Romanian borders.
This immigration is the beginning point of the Subasi Primary School Immıgration Museum and the Subasi Oral History Study Group, founded by Subasi researchers looking for their own roots. The Subasi Immigrants whom roots were within Romanian borders now own their own lifestyles, weddings, traditional games, and food, and try to keep them alive. And holding up their values, they take any object which reflects traditions under protection either by saving them or by registering them at the museum and exhibiting. The textiles especially take an important place at the museum. It’s possible to see at the museum the original daily stuff of farming & stockbreeding immigrants with their plows and all, and the textiles which came with immigration such as grooms dresses, original ceremonial garments, waistbands, napkins, handkerchiefs and also indoor items such as tablecloths, grounds clothes, cushions, pads and many others.
This study, besides general approaches about Oral Study Groups and Local Museums, also aims visual and structural analyses of archived Textiles together with the foundation story of the museum.