What to Buy in Cappadocia
At a land where everything seems like 80% deserts and caves, one might wonder, “What’s there to buy?”
As the van drove us along Paşabağ valley, I thought about the people I love and the home I live in. What can I get for them and my apartment to remind me of the precious time collected at Turkey? I remember giving up on that thought – until Cappadocia’s pretty trinkets proved me wrong.
Here are some one-of-a-kind souvenirs you can get while traveling here:
1. Colorful turban (with side flaps)
What I like about this head piece is the fact that it comes with two generous long pieces of cloth on its sides, which I will so gladly use to wrap around my face as a protection from dust (or people) when traveling alone at more grubby countries.
2. Handmade hot air balloon
As seen here in my room.
3. Turkish hanging lamps
Ai Rene got one of these for her house and I can just imagine how it does magic to transform a space.
4. This other princess-y headpiece
As worn here with The Spotlight Dress.
5. Anything evil eye-related
You can find them at any souvenir shops or roadside stalls attached to a bracelet, decoration piece, keychain . . . you get where this is going.
6. Turquoise accessories
Make sure to ONLY purchase these rare stones at government certified shops. A REAL gem is colored blue even on the inside (as seen on the first rock), while a fake one is white.
7. Clay products + art
I found this plate amazing; especially the precision of its art / brush work. Unfortunately, the price on such a beautiful thing is so sky high; just looking at the price tag I felt my neck slaughtered by an inch.
Nonetheless, a tour to a quaint clay workshop is always interesting. Here’s a little pictorial tour for you: