Samsun opera artists wear handmade crochet wigs
Erkin begins making the wigs first by researching the era the play is based on. He later makes the wigs one by one with crochet.
“The İzmir State Theater was the first turning point in my career. I have a job that requires huge patience and labor. I create hairstyles and wigs in accordance with the fashion and culture of a certain period in history. I get very happy watching artists perform wearing wigs that I made,” he said.
“From the outside, it looks like a simple job but our work requires a great deal of effort and dedication. Each play performed by ballet and opera artists reflects different periods. Every period has its own unique style. There are historical and cultural differences between the eras. We design the hairstyle according to the play and costumes worn by the actors. We decide with creators how to make the hair. For this reason, historical information is important. How did people live, how was their culture during that period? Knowing this makes our job easier,” he said.
Erkin said they begin designing the crochet wigs after taking the measures of the artists. “I make each wig of crochet one by one. It is a very demanding job and requires patience. I start making a wig for an actor 15 days before the play. When designing the hair, I take the character’s personality, age, weight and height into account. We work as a team,” he said.