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Traditional headgear of an Alevi Kürt, from the Urfa-Adiyaman region.  Recent picture (2010s).

Traditional headgear of an Alevi Kürt, from the Urfa-Adiyaman region. Recent picture (2010s).

Elderly Kurdish women in traditional daily costumes, including impressive headgear.  From the Adiyaman province, rural fashion, ca. 1980.

Elderly Kurdish women in traditional daily costumes, including impressive headgear. From the Adiyaman province, rural fashion, ca. 1980.

Margaret Giwargis (- 1969) “The Assyrian Lioness”. One of the first female fighters in the history of the Kurdish resistance. She quickly asserted herself as a capable fighter, commanding at the head of an otherwise all-male unit. ”Kurdish leaders deftly transformed her into a local version of Joan of Arc and handed out portraits of her to the peshmergas who carried her photos into battle as a talisman.”

Margaret Giwargis (- 1969) “The Assyrian Lioness”. One of the first female fighters in the history of the Kurdish resistance. She quickly asserted herself as a capable fighter, commanding at the head of an otherwise all-male unit. ”Kurdish leaders deftly transformed her into a local version of Joan of Arc and handed out portraits of her to the peshmergas who carried her photos into battle as a talisman.”

Kurds from Maraş, Turkey, 1909.

Kurds from Maraş, Turkey, 1909.

Kurdish women in a northwestern Azerbaijani village; photograph by Roger Wood, 1969. The Kurdish lands cover Southeast Turkey as well as Southwest Iran, Northern Iraq and Northern Syria. Smaller groups of Kurds live also in Northeast Turkey (Ardahan) and in Armenia.

Kurdish women in a northwestern Azerbaijani village; photograph by Roger Wood, 1969. The Kurdish lands cover Southeast Turkey as well as Southwest Iran, Northern Iraq and Northern Syria. Smaller groups of Kurds live also in Northeast Turkey (Ardahan) and in Armenia.

A Kurdish lady from North Kurdistan , Turkey

A Kurdish lady from North Kurdistan , Turkey

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coco chanel

Female Mexican Revolutionary fighters. Tough as nails.

Female Mexican Revolutionary fighters. Tough as nails.

Dersim Ağanın karısı ve hizmetçisi, 1910'lar , Kurdish ladies from Dersim north Kurdistan

Dersim Ağanın karısı ve hizmetçisi, 1910'lar , Kurdish ladies from Dersim north Kurdistan