A skilled calligrapher in Turkey’s southeast is making a name for herself through the unique art of decorating delicate dry leaves. 

After learning traditional Turkish arts at Gaziantep University, for the last eight years Saliha Aktas has been teaching courses in illumination, calligraphy, and miniature at a vocational school of the Gaziantep Municipality.

Seeking an untraditional way to perform her art, two years ago Aktas started decorating the leaves of the plants in her home and later extended this to dried tree leaves.

“I was working on paper,” she recounted.

“After a while I started to look for

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