Like almost every year, wreaths produced in the southern province of Antalya adorn the homes of many foreign countries, especially in Europe, during the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.
Produced and exported by ornamental plant companies since the 1990s, wreaths are made from all-natural forest waste such as pine scraps, pine cones, juniper and cypress branches, sandalwood and fruit. of myrtle.
The Christmas wreaths used by Christians to decorate doors, cemeteries and dining tables at this time of the year are made by the housewives of Antalya, who start work in August and continue until the first week of December in accordance with the orders of the exporters.
During the production process, a large amount of waste and forest products are processed and recycled, said Ismail Yılmaz, the head of the Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters Association, highlighting the hard work of the team consisting of mainly women.
Crowns are sold in many European countries, including the Netherlands, Britain, Germany, Denmark and Finland, Yılmaz told Anadolu Agency (AA).
“This year we exported around 500,000 crowns,” he said, with prices varying between $1 (13.70 TL) and $3, depending on the products used.
Stating that Turkey has great potential in the field of ornamental plants, Yılmaz also highlighted major disruptions in global transportation and shipping networks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Noting the lack of containers and air freight transport costs, he said Turkey is using its logistical advantage as most ornamental plants are sent to European countries.
There has been a shift towards Turkey in the European market over the past two years, and this has been reflected in exports, Yılmaz said.
“We expect to earn about $2 million from Christmas wreaths this year,” he added.
Fatma Zehra Ünlü, a wreath maker at a company in Antalya, says she works on green leafy door decorations during Christmas time and on dry materials at other times of the year.
Emphasizing that women are at the origin of making and processing natural products, Ünlü said that products change according to materials.
“During the Christmas period, we work on green plants, and at other times we produce wreaths and decorations from dry goods.”