With its stone houses boasting colorful wooden trim, its clove-flavored coffees, its festive weddings and its famous Çomakdağ women and their authentic costumes covered in flowers, it is the Aegean’s most beautiful spot.
When you leave behind the sparkling blue of Lake Bafa, stuck in Milas Plain north of Bodrum, the pungent smell of the sun-baked earth will sting your nostrils. The asphalt road climbs continuously into the foothills of the Beşparmak Mountains, where the Çomakdağ villages nestle amidst endless groves of giant olive trees. As we snaked between the steep slopes covered with giant boulders, Caria’s ancient paths had long since prepared a surprise for us. So did we make our first acquaintance with the women of Çomakdağ, famous for the colorful costumes they wear even for everyday, and for their traditional headgear adorned with wild flowers and a pair of laurel branches. In this land of colors hidden away in the remote recesses of the Aegean region, every corner, every face, every word uttered was transformed into a tale of flower time. The land told the tale, and we listened.
İkiztaş, Ketendere, Kızılağaç... these are the villages of Çomakdağ which have preserved their traditional architecture and unique culture right up to our day. With their houses of cut stone and blue, green and purple-painted trim, their colorfully clad women, and their legendary festive weddings, the scene is the same no matter which Çomakdağ village you go to: The morning sun illumines the gaily colored embroidery of the young girls, women and grannies gazing out the wood-framed windows. Bird and floral figures in particular catch the eye. Red, blue and green motifs that seem to burst from the embroidery like living things.... SKYLIFE MAGAZINE ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・
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