Ebru: Color’s Dance with Water
Prague, Capital of the Czech Republic, is going to host World Ebru Day from 21st November to 27th of November 2016 and all fans and artists of Ebru from all around the world will be meet up in this event in the heart of Europe.
Ebru is painting on water. Ebru, which is also known as paper marbling, is becoming popular art form nowadays. In the last two decades, marbling has been the subject of international symposium and museum exhibitions. However paper marbling dates back very early times. It is believed that Ebru dates back to 9th and 10th centuries but there is no certain information about when and where it is found.
Ebru in UNESCO
In our current understanding, Ebru is considered native Turkish, as the first known work was born in the territory of the traditional Turkestan region. Since the 1600’s, this marbling technique has been known as Ebru. But most of the time Ebru, paper marbling, is known as Turkish tradition because Turkish artists improved and open it up to European cultures. Since 2014, Ebru is inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.
Basically, Ebru is painting on surface of the water. You can express your feelings and creativity to water with colors. Ebru is the conventional Turkish specialty of making beautiful examples by sprinkling and brushing shading colors onto a skillet of sleek water and after that exchanging the examples to paper. Known as marbling, the designs and effects include flowers, foliage, ornamentation, latticework, mosques and moons, and are used for decoration in the traditional art of bookbinding. With the starting of its journey, Ebru was started to be known in Europe. Ebru became popular in Italy, Spain, France, Holland and England. In these countries artists used paper marbling to create covers and book binding. Although it was a popular art form, it lost its popularity in Europe with the mechanization.
Some of the best preserved early works of Ebru are found in the covers of early history books and albums. The oldest found work dates from the 11th century, but by this time Ebru techniques had already evolved and matured, including rules and guides, giving grounds to believe that Ebru is much older.
Paper marbling has organic and natural materials, such as water, dyes, rosewood, water thickening agents, ox gall and horse hair. For example dyes are made from natural metal oxides, or brushes are made from rosewood and horse hair (as a result of its special technique).
Importance of Ebru
Ebru is an important art form because it is not like an ordinary art. With Ebru you create uniqueness every each work is unique you cannot create the same one, as its main material is water. Water does not stand firm. Once you make a mistake you cannot fix it again. Also Ebru is very important to Turkey. Paper marbling is one of the oldest art form of Turkey. For centuries Turkish artist create magnificent works. Still in Turkey, there are many paper marbling courses and important artists. Nowadays some of these artists make paper marbling on clothes and they create their own clothe branding with Ebru.
Also Ebru has another importance. Ebru is accepted as abstract and plastic arts. Beside its visual elegance, Ebru shows us micro and macro beauties which one cannot see with naked eyes. Moreover paper marbling is considered as meditation and therapy. So this art is not only fascinating but also purgation.
World Ebru Day in Prague, Lucerna Palace
World Ebru day will be held in Lucerna Palace where is one of the most important cultural hubs for concerts and motion picture in Central Europe. Lucerna Palace is also famous for its large passage connections and it was Prague’s first multipurpose complex from the beginning of the 20th century therefore it is one of the best-known of Prague’s cultural palaces.
Lucerna Palace’s first restaurant facility in Lucerna was YOKOHOMA, a Japanese-style tearoom, following years Lucerna Cinema was opened and first movies were screened there. Also another interesting and dominant feature about this palace is a statue of an upside-down horse by the sculptor David Černý. Nowadays arcade offers several stylish cafes, restaurants, shops, a music club and a concert hall which help to form the ambience of this unique “palace”.
Although this event is international, paper marbling belongs to Turkish tradition. As ČeskoTurecko / ÇekTürk which is the biggest Czech-Turkish community in the world, they are official partner of World Ebru Day in Prague and they are supporting this event in order to make interaction between two countries even more.
If you are interested in Ebru, there is going to be World Ebru Day on 21st – 27th of November 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic. Fans and artists of Ebru from all around the world will be meet up in this event. It would be nice to see people who have interest in this wonderful Ebru event.