Used to adorn the edges of traditional headscarves, Turkish needle point lace (İğne Oyası) has a history of symbolism. The various motifs carry meanings which are used for non-verbal communication. For example an unhappy bride who chooses pepper spice for her crown is declaring the marriage doomed from the start, but if she chooses red pepper, she indicates her relationship is spicy and red hot!
The name of the motif “for Richard” remains from the relationship within which it was first gifted. Richard’s girlfriend began decorating the hems of his shirt pocket with this Bitlace motif. Friends and family were fascinated by the needlework, and when pressed for her motivations, his girlfriend confessed to them her wish that Richard spend less time keeping up with the world through his devices.
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