Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Senem's Journey to a New Beginning

batman7003: Turkish Islamic art of Marbling (Ebru)

The word marbling is in Turkish EBRU (cloud, cloudy) or abru (Water face). EBRU is used for covering some manuscripts and other holy books. EBRU may have come from China, where a document from the T'ang dynasty (618-907) mentions a process of coloring paper on water with five hues. Through the Silk Road this art came first to Iran and picked up the name Ebru. Subsequently this art moved towards Anatolia (Turkey).

In Senem's Journey to a New Beginning (modified), Senem is a Turkish woman living in the United States and taking care of her family—her husband, Tarkan, and their son, Hasan—while adapting to a new language and new customs. Her task becomes even more challenging when Hasan is kidnapped and when she gets word of a natural disaster back home. With the help of her family and her new friends, however, Senem manages to find the strength to thrive in her unfamiliar setting and make new beginnings in her life.

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