The art of printing, carved from linden and hornbeam trees and made by printing wooden molds with motifs called “Hetmo” in Syriac, has decorated Mardin's dowry, tablecloths, writings, curtains and clothes for hundreds of years.
The representative of this art, which was about to disappear in Mardin, was Nasra Şimmeshindi, born in 1924. The stone house he was born in Mardin also became his workshop where he produced his works. The works produced by Nasra Şımmes have adorned the Syriac Churches in America, the Middle East and Europe. In the madder printing workshop in the education hall of the Mardin Museum, the history and construction techniques of printing art are shown practically to the museum visitors.


Nasra Şımmeshindi, who devoted her life to the Art of Printing, passed away on April 27, 2016.


Mardin Olgunlaşma Enstitüsü, Mardin Müzesi

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