The Story of Kutnu
Kutnu, a type of fabric consisting of the blending of the silk raw material that first reached Anatolia through the Silk Road, with cotton, was created in the 16th century. It has become one of the most sought after and most valuable fabrics of the 19th century Ottoman and European palace fashion, with the added value of the weaving techniques developed in Gaziantep and unique to this region.
Gaziantep, again, comes to the rescue of Kutnu, which lost its former popularity due to the weaving process, which is predominantly handcrafted and requires mastery, and its narrow width, which is not suitable for industrialized production equipment, and is about to disappear in the 21st century.
Kutnu fabric, which was included in the scope of a socio-cultural protection and acquisition project initiated by the local authorities in 2015, came back to life in a stronger way than before under the Kutnia brand, which was established in Gaziantep in 2017 under the leadership of Jülide Konukoğlu.