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The Marama Association (Bakhchisaray)
A non-governmental organization, the Marama Association was officially founded in September 1997, with the support of the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe and the Rebirth of Crimea Foundation.
The word Marama is the name of traditional headdress worn by Crimean Tatar women. After the deportation of Crimean Tatars, we have lost most of our culture and art. It is clear that restoring traditional arts and crafts of Crimean Tatars demands enormous effort and large financial resources. During the last 10 years following the return of Crimean Tatars to their motherland, more problems appeared, including unemployment. Considering the urgent need for new jobs, along with the revival and development of national arts and crafts, the Association has adopted the following goals and objectives:
The future plans include organizing a puppet studio, "The legends and
tales of Crimean Tatars" in Bakhchisaray, and an embroidery club for
children of school age in Crimean Tatar settlements.
Chairperson: Ayshe Osmanova
See also: Correspondent Lily Hyde's article, Ukraine: Tatar Women Rediscover Roots, about the gold embroidery project.
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