Learn about Basak Kiran Cetinkale’s story, the creator behind FOCHA Store. See her products in our marketplace! And see the gallery below for examples of her work.
I came to Pittsburgh with my husband. Before we decided to come here, we had never seen Pittsburgh in our lives. And, All of my relatives still lives in Turkey. At the beginning, it was hard because culture, weather etc. is really different than Turkey. I was lucky because Pittsburgh is really lovely city and people are so friendly. I am so happy to make this decision and come to the Pittsburgh even it was hard.
What do you sell?
I sell hand-woven turkish towels, blankets and robes.
Three years ago, in 2018, I decided to quit my career and move to US. I always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur and bringing beautiful Turkish textile to my new home. I like to make connections with many people. I am also glad to have an ongoing connection with my hometown, Turkey.
Our hand-woven Turkish towels, blankets, robes are designed in Pittsburgh and crafted by artisans in small family owned workshops in a village in Turkey. Here the traditional craft of looming and weaving unequaled textiles has been passed down generations
What does immigrating to the USA and to Pittsburgh mean to you? How do you feel about it?
Immigrating the another country is really hard decision and challenging sometimes. But I am really happy and feel lucky to live in Pittsburgh.