Large embroidered ‘yazma’ (woman’s headscarf) from Central-Anatolia. First quarter of the 20th century. Adorned with two-sided embroidery (identical on both sides of the fabric) in multicoloured cotton, silk and metal thread on linen. A composed geometrical motif is repeated 2 x 5 times (Inv.nr. yaz078 - Kavak Costume Collection-Antwerpen/Belgium).
An embroidered ‘çevre’ (square kerchief; a decorative accessory). From Trakya or the Marmara region, ca. 1925-1950. Two embroidery techniques used: metal thread & ‘tel kırma’ (motives obtained by sticking narrow metallic strips through the fabric and folding them). Both techniques are ‘two-sided’ (the result identical on both sides of the fabric). (Inv.nr. brdw024 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).
Bead-work ‘bilezik’ (bracelet) from the Türkmen villages of the Çölova region (Dinar district, Afyon province). Part of the traditional women’s costumes. (Source: Tekin Uludoğan, Balıkesir – Note: the owner seems to identify this object as “Pomak, from the Biga district”, but I do not agree).
A bridal ‘önlük’ (women’s apron, called ‘önücek’ locally) from the Sandıklı district (Afyon province). Mid-20th century. The fabric (cotton & orlon) was woven on small looms in some artisan workshops of Afyon town. The decoration with tassels, metal sequins and ‘tel kırma’ embroidery (motives obtained by sticking narrow metallic strips through the fabric and folding them) is the work of the bride and her female housemates. (Inv.nr. önL085 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).
'Gerdanlık' (choker necklace) with three pendents. Late-Ottoman, ca. Possibly from the western Black Sea coast (Safranbolu and surroundings). Purchased in Bursa, in (Inv.n° - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).