MYRAS “Istanbul in the Water” Rewrites the History
With its mansions that host many love stories, cisterns that go back to the old times, cloisters that are full of mysteries and with its past and future, Istanbul,which bears/promises never-ending discoveries, have brought life to the collection of MYRAS, “Istanbul in the Water.” MYRAS 2010 “Istanbul in the Water” collection has combined the magnificence of archaeological artifacts found in Marmaray excavation with the elegance of Atasay.
With its long-standing past, Istanbul is certainly one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities on earth. The city, which has hosted many empires, is a unique astonishing and living city not only with its cultural wealth; but also with its historical patterns. The inspiration that comes out of Istanbul sometimes turns into the lines in a poem or a novel, sometimes becomes the image in a picture or in a photograph of an artist.
The centuries-old artifacts that were found in the excavations of Marmaray project and displayed in Archeological Museum, have sprang to life with Atasay’s interpretation of the MYRAS brand and its “Istanbul in the Water” collection, which reflects the historical richness of Anatolian geography to the jewelries that are much more impressive than one another.
The antiques that came to earth in Marmaray excavations have given inspiration to the jewelries in the “Istanbul in the Water” collection of MYRAS which was created by Atasay Design Team under the consultancy of fashion designer Özlem Süer. Among the antiques found in the excavations of the sunken wrecks in the in Yenikapı, there are some artifacts that belong to the Byzantium and Ottoman era.
The life in Water Comes to Light...
These important artifacts, which came to light from the harbor city Üsküdar that was called the “Golden City” in archaic period, the ancient Theodosius Harbor in Yenikapı, Eminönü where lays the foundation of Byzantium Empire and Sultanahmet that hosts Byzantium palaces, were brought to the present with the esthetic and elegance of MYRAS.
The designs in the “Istanbul in Water” collection of MYRAS mostly bear the traces of Byzantium Empire culture. The remnants found in ceramic workshops dated back to 13th and 14th century have turned into a bracelet jeweled with transparent stones and as beautiful as a lady’s wrist; the plates that have the pictures of religious figures have turned into unique earrings gemmed with blue jewels. While the lines on a column of the early-Byzantium have turned into a magnificent ring with pink gold; the ceramic fish figure on the architectural ruins have given the conception of the deep seas to a chic ring. The beauty of the candles that shed light on the Byzantium nights have been combined with starfishes and corals and have turned into a gorgeous ring.
A key that might have been kept by being hanged on its owner’s neck centuries ago, is now becoming a brilliant necklace and is looking for its new owner. A 9th century old-time flask, longing for water, is turning into a necklace gemmed with seashells and is being painted with Istanbul’s blue; the color of hope - blue, and a love that is as great as the sea, is holding hands to wind back the time.
“Istanbul in the Water” collection of MYRAS assigns new meanings to the jewelry by combining the traces of quality and creativity of Atasay with the pricelessness of a unique historical artifact in a single collection, besides rewriting the history.