Late-Ottoman velvet shoes. Decorated with goldwork embroidery. Circa 1900.
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).
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).
Traditional woollen ‘çanta’ (shoulder bag) from the Pomak villages in the Biga district (Çanakkale province). Part of a festive costume, ca. 1975. Adorned with metal sequins and small cotton tassels. (Inv.nr. çan007 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).
Kurdish amulet 'necklace' with an extremely long chain. In fact, it is/was worn over the shoulder. From southeastern Anatolia or Iraqi Kurdistan, ca. 1925. Low silver or alloy cylindrical box (called 'nuska' or 'hamay'), hanging on a double quatrefoil chain. Another small cylinder hangs underneath with many botehs, flower/hand shapes and circular ornaments. (Source: Lynn Ardent, Redmont, USA).
Two middle-sized chest ornaments, generally used as (women's) vest or robe fasteners. From northwestern Anatolia, late-Ottoman style, ca. 1925-1950. Copper with silver coating, and low-grade silver dangles. Width: 17cm & 18 cm. (Inv.n° müç032a&b - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).