Since a long time ago peshtemals have been used for many different purposes. Being used as towels was just one of hundreds of their functions. Artists and craftsmen of old Istanbul would wrap a peshtemal around their waist to use it as a work apron. An apprentice becoming an assistant master would be ceremonially clothed in a peshtemal by his master. The peshtemal meant that the person was “ahî” implying he performed his work with mastery and good morals. In old Istanbul each line of work would have a certain peshtemal. Wandering the streets of the old city you could easily guess the occupations of the people you see just by looking at their peshtemal. Creating the Ahî Peshtemals, we were inspired by this old tradition.