Oya as an elegant example of our handicrafts is made with silk, cotton thread using the tools like needle, shuttle, crochet hook, pin and sometimes with supplementary materials like spangle, bead etc. Oya is likened to the lace and named as Turkish lace. The lace became known in Europe in 16th century. In 1594, it was included in the French Academy Dictionary as lace and is known with this name in the western languages. The ordinary lace is 2 dimensional however oya is knitted tri-dimensionally. Based on the ancient samples found in the excavations in 1905, it was also determined that this art goes back to 2000 B.C. As to the some resources, the needle works passed from Anatolia to Greece and then to Italy and Europe in 12th century.