Broom Making

Apart from being used for cleaning ceilings, dresses, vineyards, gardens, and barns, as well as its usage in dowry of bridesmaids, baklava and pastry oiling, door and wall decoration, and as an evil eye repellent object, brooms are also produced under different names, in different places outside Anatolian geography. They are also used to lubricate oil while making baklava and pastry, to clean cobwebs in inaccessible far corners, in addition to being kept behind the doors to sweep houses, sofas, gardens, streets, stoves, ovens, and clothes. In traditional culture, heather, broom seed and broom are believed to cure many diseases and to remove evils in folk medicine practices. The broom, which takes its place in folk idioms, riddles, proverbs and folk songs in folk literature, is produced by the broom masters living in Mustafakemalpaşa, Yenişehir and Orhaneli districts of Bursa. The broom, named according to the area in which it is used, such as household broom, twig broom, bridal broom, dowry broom, evil eye broom, oil spreading broom, is a cultural element kept alive in traditional culture and practices.