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Burdock

Burdock
In the West, Burdock symbolizes lingering annoyance with Shakespeare.  Chekov and Hawthorne have used burdock as a symbol of decay and ruin,
 
In the East, Burdock has much more profound meaning.  
The pitrak motif is a stylisation of this plant. Anatolian people believed that the thorns on this plant kept the evil eye away, and they have used this motif as a good luck charm. The Turkish saying "pitrak gibi" means abundant, referring to the fruit fullness of the trees. In this perspective, the motif has been used as a symbol of fertility and abundance on flour bags, tandir cloths and on pieces of cloth used to cover the bread. This motif was also found on earth - made seals, remnant from the Neolithic period. Spreading cloths woven with Mersin yoruk, cicim and zili techniques take the name of pitrak, bitrak and pitirdak
 
It is believed to be capable of warding off the evil eye. On the other hand, the fact that the term" like a burdock" means full of flowers, accounts for the use of this motif on flour bags as a symbol of abundance
 
 
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