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Late-Ottoman ‘havlu’ (towel). 19th century. Embroidered with polychrome silk and metal threads on linen. This is ‘two-sided embroidery’ (front and rear are identical). Technique: ‘pesend’ (double running stitch). The object could also be used as an apron in festive women’s costumes (generally in Thrace and northwest Anatolia). (V&A Museum, London).V&A museum object

Silk fabric with metal thread embroidery; silk thread embroidery, 1633, Upper-Hungary.

İlk işim köylü bezine sehpa örtüsü kendime

Turkish ‘two-sided embroidery’ (front and rear are identical). Napkin, 19th century. Could also be used as an apron in festive women’s costumes (generally in Thrace and northwest Anatolia).

Detail of fragment Turkish embroidery, late 19th century, includes some metal thread

Turkey, silk and metallic embroidered shawl, three joined panels of ivory cotton gauze having a double border with polychrome floral repeat and metallic silver bands, 19th c, detail