Studies reveal that Çanakkale ceramics can be dated back to the 17th century. In addition to functional tools and equipment, decorative items have also been produced from past to present. Çanakkale ceramics have a wide range of products such as food service tools like plates and bowls, liquid carrying containers such as jugs, cups and pitchers, wall plates and various equipment.
Notably horse and duck headed jugs, bagel jugs, and bowls are the most characteristic forms of Çanakkale ceramics.
In addition, sailboats/ships, fish, and old architectural houses are among other common patterns used. In 2020, UNESCO has chosen İsmail Bütün, one of the masters of Çanakkale Ceramic, as the "Living Human Treasure".
Healing Waters of Mount Ida
There are many hot springs and healing waters on the slopes of Kazdağı (Mount Ida).; hot springs in Çan; Edremit are among the most well-known of those. These thermals, which were a source of healing in ancient times, are still used today.
Basketry is one of the handicrafts that you can see commonly in Çanakkale. Basket weaving is common in Biga, Ağaköy, Çan and Güngören Neighborhood. Usually reeds and some tree branches are used in basket weaving. Baskets, which were used as tools to carry fruits and vegetables in the past, are nowadays used for decorative purposes and are quite diverse.
Kispet is a special oil wrestling suit made of leather. İrfan Şahin, the last representative of the masters, who manufacture Kispet in our country, lives in Biga district and carries out this tradition here. İrfan Şahin has been declared as the Living Human Treasure (LHT) the scope of UNESCO's Convention on the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The production of a kispet, which is stitched with tanned calf leather, is a very laborious and time consuming task. Kispet, which consists of parts like legs, hoop, hopper, belt, is produced by combining these parts with machine and hand sewing.
Carpet weaving has been widespread in the Çanakkale region since the 15th century. Yoruks and Turkmens, who settled in Western Anatolia during the Seljuk Period, settled densely in Kazdağı region after the Seljuks.
Ayvacık made its name known with its carpets. Carpets woven by hand using natural dyes in the villages of Ayvacık district are sold with a 100-year guarantee against fading.
Traditional hand weaving is the oldest tradition of the local people since Troy period. When you visit the houses in Ayvacık and its villages, you will see that most of the houses have looms (carpets, rugs, weaving). Although these looms are not always in use, they are always available.
Babakale, a village in Ayvacık District located at the tip of Bababurnu in the westernmost part of our country, is one of the important centers known around for its cutlery. The masters of cutlery say that the history of Babakale cutlery started with the castle built in the 1720s. It is said that the first masters were brought from Kazakhstan and placed in Babakale in order to meet the needs of the soldiers on swords, daggers and similar weapons in the castle after the castle was built.