Detail of a late-Ottoman ‘yağlık’ (large handkerchief, part of traditional festive costumes, usually worn in the waist belt). NW Turkey, 19th century. Hand embroidered, silk & metallic thread on linen. The height of embroidery is 14cm. The embroidery technique: counted stitches neat and worked reversible,not distinguishing between front and back.
19th century embroidered ‘yağlık’ (large handkerchief, traditionally often worn on the waist belt). From northwestern Anatolia. With a ‘kuş’ (bird) motif. ‘Two-sided’ silk embroidery on linen, with small spots of ‘telkırma’ (metallic slats). (Ismail Antik, Bursa).
Woman’s traditional bridal/festive ‘arkalık’ (or ‘zibba’ = waist cloth, generally worn on the backside). Late-Ottoman ‘Rum’ (Anatolian Greek), from Sille (near Konya), ca. 1900. Blue silk, adorned with golden metallic thread embroidery, with ‘telkırma’(folding thin silver slat into the fabric), patch-work, small mica flowers & leaves, and silvery metallic sequins. Edged with golden metallic thread fringes and a large tassel.