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Ali Erkan Çalpur

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Ali Erkan Çalpur


Hi everyone!

> Wellcome to our family workshop. All products here are made from naturally tanned calf leather by using monoblock leather without using any moulds and formed by hand usually dyed with paints that are prepared by us naturally or with shoe polish in compliance with our soul in “the breath”.
> Natural faults are being used by us fondly without trying to be repaired or corrected. There could be some weirdness but in fact those faults could not be copied or produced in the sense of mass production.
> All our products are unique.
> How we start;
> I srated to produce original products made of leather which could be used in the dailly life in 90s in Antalya in order to bring in income to the autonomous community. We made production for our common purposes. I had a break in order to determine my own way. In the year of 2000, my daugter Tılsım was born. She is the youngest member of our workshop today.
> The establishment and forming of İlham Workshop;
> In 2003; I met with Nurdan, who would be my dear wife in coming years. After I saw her while she was looking to a leather bag with admiration, I said “You know that? I could make a leather bag!” and “Let’s make one please” she respond.
> We left Istanbul and İzmir behind and took our love and moved to a coast town in the Southern part of Turkey. I started making leather bags again and Nurdan was really admiredJ
> When we were wandering around in the village for exploration, we saw a “leather mask workshop”. It was wonderful! After I met with Master, we started to Exchange our experiences and information with the Master. I taught him the methods of dye making and he taught me mask making details. Mask Master said that he would taught me all secrets of the hand-made mask production against a “promise”: to produce masks without using any moulds all the time in our life. Thanks! Those masks are taught against a promise. After that, I tried to improve myself continously and produced new unique designs.
> I was married with Nurdan in 2005 and we decided to continue “Leather” production in order to support our life which we tried to make simple. Thus, “I” became “we” in coming days. We bought a car and we introduced our products to all shops and stores in Aegean and Mediterrenean Coasts. Several galleries started to sell our products. We changed our decision since our products could not be introduced to our customers well and we could not take our payments in time. We decided to sell our products by ourselves in booths in new places face to face with you, our dear customers. In 2010, we started to sell our products in Ölüdeniz, one of the best coasts of Meditterenean Sea. We added our new booth Göcek in the year of 2014.
> All the summer season, we produce and sell our products in our booths in the open spaces. And we also make stevia production in summer season. We made our first harvest this year. Our aim is to remove the sugar from all our friends’, family members’ lives.
> We gain income in winter season by working in olive gardens, bean and tomatoes lands in order to live our independent and basic life. Nurdan is a Professional olive tree trimmer. We trimmed 843 trees in the last year and it was wonderful!
> Independence and independent life could be possible by having our own land and producing our pwn energy and with a caravan using waste oils. We are being invited to some different festivals but we could not go since we have pets and animals. We could go everywhere with our chickens and cats in our caravanJ
> Every product that you will buy from Etsy İlham workshop will make us near to our ideal and independent life. Thank you for supporting our life.
> After you like and choose your orders, please make contact with us in order to help us to send your cargo without any problem! www. Facebook. Com ilham workshop.
> See you with love and peace…
> Nurdan, erkan, tılsım, gollüm, lokum, saruman, norman döndurmadan, zeyna, kara kız. And fındık forever…


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