PRODUCTION STAGE

Master of Kispet

    At the point of the kispet ( aka: oil wrestling leather pants) production, which will last for centuries but nowadays the number of the masters of kispet has been in decline, we have been going on to sustain the future of the kispet production without having any kind of compromises on their quality. We have been carrying on producing the same kispets that had been produced centuries ago and passing this profession onto the future generations.

Kispet

    Kispet actually is a pair of leather pants, but it is worn by oil wrestlers (pehlivans) during oil wrestling (yagli gures) that has been our ancestor sport, and kispet covers the waist and the knees of the body.

Kispet Sizes

    Kispet (which has been one of the most prominent figures of oil wrestling) sizes vary from one person to another. The body measurements to be taken for beginner wrestlers (pehlivans) and for wrestlers (pehlivans) at older ages differ. The most important point here is the weight and the height of the wrestler (pehlivan).

Parts of Kispet

    Kispet is, so to speak, a wrestler’s (pehlivan’s) uniform and it consists of some parts just like other textile products. We can list these parts as; kasnak, hazne, back, oyluk, shiraz, paca, and mirror.

Kispet Sewing

    Together with the production of kispet has been made in different places, the city of Samsun (in Turkey) has been standing out at this point. In the production of kispet, cowide such as buffalo, calf and young buffalo calf has been prefered. It has been very important that the animal to be prefered in the production of kispet is young. Care will be taken to make sure that the kasnak part of the kispet will feel hard and the leg part of the kispet will feel soft.

Inside of Kispet

    The inner parts of the kispets are also made of leather just like their outer parts. Additionally, it is aimed to make the wrestlers (pehlivans) to be grasped more difficult by not leaving any knots in the part between the body and the kispet.

Packaging of Kispet

    Each part of the kispet ( as kispet is known as the half of the wrestler) contains many details. Just like its preparation, its packaging also requires another level of sensitivity. When it comes to what kispet is made of; since leather material is used in the production of the kispet, care is taken to ensure that there is no deterioration or deformation until the order reaches to the wrestlers (pehlivans).

The Journey of Kispet

    It is estimated that Turks have been wrestling since 4 centuries BC. Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling (Kirkpinar Yagli Guresleri) has been held for almost 7 centuries. Although the story of the kispet, which is one of the first to come to mind when wrestlers (yagli gures wrestlers) or wrestlers(pehlivans) are mentioned, is based on the depths of the history, today the number of kispet masters is too few to exceed on the fingers of one hand and this cultural profession does not have much apprentices to train. As Pehlivan Kıspet, we put all of our efforts forward to fulfill this historical duty and to keep our culture alive.