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 C ANTIQUE OTTOMAN-TURKISH SILK & METALLIC HAND EMBROIDERY ON LINEN 'YAGLIK'

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.

Ottoman Laze, their territory, Lazistan, was part of the former kingdom of Pont and the small Byzantine empire of Trebizond. Shown with a Black Sea yatagan (laz bichaq) and a rifle. From:Les costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873, 74 photographic plates by Pascal Sebah, published by the Imperial Ottoman Commission for the "Exposition Universelle" of Vienna in 1873.

Ottoman Laze, their territory, Lazistan, was part of the former kingdom of Pont and the small Byzantine empire of Trebizond. Shown with a Black Sea yatagan (laz bichaq) and a rifle. From:Les costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873, 74 photographic plates by Pascal Sebah, published by the Imperial Ottoman Commission for the "Exposition Universelle" of Vienna in 1873.

Two-sided embroidery motif from the Şile district (75 km to the east of Istanbul, on the Black Sea coast).  Ca. 1900.  Cotton and (silvery) metallic slats, on linen.  (Source: Şile Belediyesi / Municipality).

Two-sided embroidery motif from the Şile district km to the east of Istanbul, on the Black Sea coast). Cotton and (silvery) metallic slats, on linen.

Traditional sleeveless caftan for women, from the rural Bartin region, ca. 1925-1950.  Sometimes called ‘uzun yelek’ (long vest) or (locally) ‘uskuta’.  Made of a striped silk fabric; quilted and lined with white cotton.  The neck is adorned with metallic (silver) thread embroidery and black & golden braid; the armholes additionally feature some (small) black silk tassels.   (Inv.n° kaf013 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional sleeveless caftan for women, from the rural Bartin region, ca. 1925-1950. Sometimes called ‘uzun yelek’ (long vest) or (locally) ‘uskuta’. Made of a striped silk fabric; quilted and lined with white cotton. The neck is adorned with metallic (silver) thread embroidery and black & golden braid; the armholes additionally feature some (small) black silk tassels. (Inv.n° kaf013 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Front (+ close-ups) of an embroidered long-sleeved vest (called 'cepken') from the central district of the Sakarya (Adapazarı) province.  Part of the traditional bridal/festive ensemble, together with a matching 'şalvar' (baggy trousers).  Made ca. 1950.  Adorned with silver thread embroidery on silk (‘Maraş işi'-technique), minuscule silvery spirals and small metal sequins.  (Inv.n° cep034 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Front (+ close-ups) of an embroidered long-sleeved vest (called 'cepken') from the central district of the Sakarya (Adapazarı) province. Part of the traditional bridal/festive ensemble, together with a matching 'şalvar' (baggy trousers). Made ca. 1950. Adorned with silver thread embroidery on silk (‘Maraş işi'-technique), minuscule silvery spirals and small metal sequins. (Inv.n° cep034 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional costumes from the eastern Black Sea Coast.  Ethnic group: 'Rum' (Pontic Greek).  Clothing style: early 20th century.  These are recent workshop-made copies, as worn by folk dance groups.

Traditional costumes from the eastern Black Sea Coast. These are recent workshop-made copies, as worn by folk dance groups.

Traditional costume from the Ordu province.  Clothing style: rural, 1950-1975.  This is a recent workshop-made copy, as worn by folk dance groups.

Traditional costume from the Ordu province. Clothing style: rural, This is a recent workshop-made copy, as worn by folk dance groups.

Traditional sleeveless caftan for women, from the Bartin region, ca. 1960.  Sometimes called ‘uzun yelek’ (long vest) or (locally) ‘uskuta’.  Made of an ikat fabric; quilted and lined with white cotton.  The neck and upper front part are adorned with cotton & metallic thread embroidery and golden braid; the armholes additionally feature (small) multi-coloured tassels.  Size: 111 x 61 cm.

Quilted sleeveless caftan from the Zonguldak-Bartın region. Local name: uskuta. Made of silk ikat, lined with a white cotton fabric. Breast, neckline and armholes adorned with braid, cordage, cotton pom-poms and embroidered motifs.

A traditional festive costume from the Artvin area.  Style: 1925-1950.  This is a recent workshop-made copy, as worn by folk dance groups.

A traditional festive costume from the Artvin area. Style: This is a recent workshop-made copy, as worn by folk dance groups.

Elderly women from Zümrüt köyü (in the Azdavay district, Kastamonu province) wearing their traditional daily dresses and headgear.  Including small hats, adorned with bead work.  Still in use (2010s).

Elderly women from Zümrüt köyü (in the Azdavay district, Kastamonu province) wearing their traditional daily dresses and headgear. Including small hats, adorned with bead work.

Women's 'yelek' (sleeveless vest), red/white ikat woven cotton satin. Made from a caftan. Gold and silver thread embroidered edge binding.  From the Bartin region, first half of 20th century.

Made from a caftan. Gold and silver thread embroidered edge binding. From the Bartin region, first half of century.

Village woman in traditional daily outfit.  From Küre (Kastamonu province), ca. 2010.

Village woman in traditional daily outfit. From Küre (Kastamonu province), ca.

Traditional daily costumes from the Zonguldak-Bartin region, ca. 1925.  The vest (right upper corner) and the caftans are characteristic of the region.  (Municipal Museum of Karadeniz Ereğli)

Traditional daily costumes from the Zonguldak-Bartin region, ca. The vest (right upper corner) and the caftans are characteristic of the region. (Municipal Museum of Karadeniz Ereğli)

A traditional festive costume from the Trabzon province.  Rural style, ca. 1950-1975.  These are recent workshop-made copies, as worn by folk dance groups.

A traditional festive costume from the Trabzon province. Rural style, ca. These are recent workshop-made copies, as worn by folk dance groups.

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