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Palisades Park Turkish Center Teaches Artistry Of Water Marbling

Contemporary students may study for more than 10 years before being considered master marblers.
Contemporary students may study for more than 10 years before being considered master marblers. Photo Credit: EbruArtTrio

PALISADES PARK, N.J. -- A workshop on Ebru, or “water marbling,” will be taught at the Turkish Center in Palisades Park on Saturday.

The public is welcome to join the group at 5 p.m. where topics will include making a perfect dye, water bath, and design. Center craftsmen say contemporary students may study for more than 10 years before being considered master marblers.

Since each dye bath can only be transferred to paper once, every original piece of Ebru is unique.

Ebru is one of the most unique and beautiful forms of Turkish art. It is formed by drawing designs with dye on top of water, and then carefully placing paper on the surface of the water so it can absorb the dye.

The earliest examples of Ebru are found in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, and are dated 1539; but the detail and quality of the work suggests that Ebru was present long before this time in the Ottoman Empire.

Ebru tradition is to rarely sign work, and therefore many great artists remain unnamed.

The Turkish Center is at 111 Grand Ave., Suite 101. Call (201)-482-0576 or email info@tccnj.org.

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