Several traditional ‘gerdanlık’ (chooker/tight-fitting necklaces). From the Pomak villages near Biga (Çanakkale province), ca. 1925-1950. Part of women’s festive costumes. Bead-work made of small coloured glass beads; with late-Ottoman & early-Republican coins. (Source: Tekin Uludoğan, Balıkesir).
A traditional festive costume for (not yet betrothed) young women. From Pomak villages near Biga (Çanakkale prov.). Mid-20th c. In recent years, this setting (‘B’) is commonly used : 1) the triangular waist cloth is worn on the backside, with its endings on top of the apron; 2) the white head scarf is worn loosely on top of the hat, hiding the adorned ‘imitation hair’ (black cotton plaits, falling down on the back). (Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).