Leather belt with middle-sized 'toka' (woman's belt buckles). From NW Anatolia (possibly Bursa), late-Ottoman, Silver plated copper; embossed decor in century 'Turkish Baroque'-style.n° - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).
Traditional woollen apron from the Dursunbey area (80 km east of Balıkesir), ca. mid-20th century. Adorned with embroidered motifs (wool and orlon), small tassels, glass beads, white buttons and metal sequins. The lower edge features row of black wool fringes. (Inv.n° önL057 - Kavak Costume Collection -Antwerpen/Belgium).
Woman’s ‘arkalık’ (waist cloth, worn on the backside), from the Dursunbey area (80 km east of Balıkesir), ca 1925-1950. Rural weaving, wool, ‘cicim’-technique (sometimes referred to as ‘brocading’). The warp threads are worked into long fringes on both sides of the fabric. In order to wear it, the square cloth is folded diagonally; the waist cloth has then two (slightly) different sides. (Inv.n° ark037 - Kavak Folklor Ekibi & Costume Collection-Antwerpen/Belgium).
Two traditional 'önlük' (apron) for women, from the Dursunbey district (80 km to the East of Balıkesir), ca. mid-20th century. Part of a rural festive costume. Cotton, with small woven (stylized flowers) motifs in wool (weaving technique: cicim/jijim). The top one is adorned with tassels (wool, cotton, orlon), ring-shaped glass beads and metal sequins. Both have their downside edged with woollen fringes. (Inv.n° önL126&129 - Kavak Costume Collection-Antwerpen/Belgium).
Striped silk 'üçetek' (robe with three panels). From the Aegean region, ca. 1925-1950. White cotton lining. Edged with an 'oya' (Turkish lace) in mercerized cotton (motif: branches & flowers, obtained by twisting the yarn). (Inv.n° üçe018 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).
Traditional ‘don’ (women’s long underpands). Cotton on cotton embroidered, with a stylized ‘tree of life’-motif (trunk and branches in blue, flowers in red). From the Dursunbey district (east of the city of Balıkesir), mid-20th century. Ethnic group: Türkmen. (Inv.nr. don002 - Kavak Folklor Ekibi & Costume Collection-Antwerpen/Belgium).
A woollen ‘arkalık’ (women’s waist cloth) from the Balıkesir province. Rural, ca. 1925-1950. Sometimes also called: ‘yan peşkir’ (side towel). This waist cloth is (or was) generally worn on the backside, but sometimes on the side, which indicates (in some villages) that the girl is engaged. The design is not embroidered, but woven, using the ‘cicim’-technique. (Source: Tekin Uludoğan, Balıkesir).
Traditional bridal/festive headgears of the Alevi villages west of Edremit (Balıkesir province). Mid-20th century. Ethnic group: Tahtacı, Alevi Türkmen. Some constituents of the headgear are late 19th / early 20th century (small plates with chains, copper/nickel/silver coins). (Kavak Folklor Ekibi & Costume Collection-Antwerpen/Belgium).