KUTNİA

KUTNİA, which is inspired by the traditional fabric of Gaziantep called Kutnu, was created by AJK Textile with the initiative of Jülide Konukoğlu. By opening up to the world from Gaziantep, KUTNİA adapts the traditional Kutnu fabric to the modern way of living. It appreciates Kutnu’s almost forgotten value and aims to transfer its heritage to following generations.

Gunseli Turkay and Selen Sahin are designers of KUTNİA’s enriched collections, which consists of specially designed products ranging from home textile to clothing. Each fabric weaved by Kutnu masters from Gaziantep, bears its master’s signature, and transforms into a unique masterpiece.

Our mission is; to make Kutnu a global trend, provide KUTNİA a place in the listing of globally known and loved brands, and transfer this textile heritage and culture to the new generations.

We invite you to the world of KUTNİA. Hope you will walk with us on this journey; carry this culture defying centuries to the future; and like Kutnu as much as we do…

About Kutnu fabric

Kutnu, as for its encyclopedic definition, is a semi-silk fabric which has colored, floss silk wraps and cotton woofs. Kutnu known as the oldest bright fabric is also highly breathable because it doesn’t contain any synthetic material.

Kutnu had been used for man and woman clothes in the Ottoman period, also used for furnishing in large cities like Istanbul. If you trace Kutnu back, you can find its name in trade agreements signed between the Ottoman Empire and the United States of America in the early 1900s.

French painter Prétaxtat Lecomte, who moved to Istanbul in 1903, said, “Kutnis or kutne is mentioned as damask. It is a unique kind of dress fabric, which hasn’t been seen in Europe before. Its main colors are yellow, red, black, white and cream. It is usually striped or checkered, and formed by silk and cotton.

Recently, Chamber of Industry in Gaziantep has received the geographical indication for Kutnu fabric.

Production stages

Kutnu fabric requires expertise and hard labor to produce. First, robe bobbins are turned into hank by ripping with a four-cornered tool named “devre. Hank robes are kept in 100-degree temperature dyeing boilers. After drying part, robes are revised by professionals in order to be strong enough to be weaved on loom. After being hackled, robes become ready to be weaved.