Anadolu Ocağı/Anatolian villagers. (Black Sea Region).

Anatolian villagers in Turkey (Black Sea Region).

Anadolu kadını cefakardır.

Anadolu kadını cefakardır.

Traditional costume of Ardahan (northeast-Anatolia).   Ethnic group: Türkmen.  Mid-20th century. This is a recent (2001) workshop-made copy, as worn by folk dance groups.((Kavak Folklor Ekibi & Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional costume of Ardahan (northeast-Anatolia). This is a recent atelier-made copy, as worn by folk dance groups.

The Dahomey Amazons or Mino were a Fon all-female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey which lasted until the end of the 19th century. They were so named by Western observers and historians due to their similarity to the semi-mythical Amazons of ancient Anatolia and the Black Sea.

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Silver necklace from Central Anatolia.  Made in an Armenian workshop in Sivas, late-Ottoman, c. early 20th century.  (Inv.nr. müç015 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Silver necklace from Central Anatolia. Made in an Armenian workshop in Sivas, late-Ottoman, c.

‘Zeybek’ dances from the Izmir province.  Men’s ‘Zeybek’-dances are associated with the culture of the ‘Efe’ (warriors with nomadic Yörük origins, settled in Northwestern Anatolia); some of the dance moves symbolize the flight of the eagle.   Female ‘Zeybek’-dances are characterized by a self-assured and elegant style.

‘Zeybek’ dances from the Izmir province. Men’s ‘Zeybek’-dances are associated with the culture of the ‘Efe’ (warriors with nomadic Yörük origins, settled in Northwestern Anatolia); some of the dance moves symbolize the flight of the eagle. Female ‘Zeybek’-dances are characterized by a self-assured and elegant style.

Traditional festive costume from the Adiyaman province.  Clothing style: mid-20th century.  These are recent workshop-made copies, as worn by folk dance groups (on this picture: from the Adiyaman University).

Traditional festive costume from the Malatya province. These are recent workshop-made copies, as worn by folk dance groups (on this picture: from the Adiyaman University).

Traditional festive female costume from the district of Keşan (in the southern part of the Edirne province).  ‘Rumeli’-style: 1900-1950.  The ‘şalvar’ (baggy trousers) and ‘cepken’ (long-sleeved vest) embroidered are in silk and silvery metal thread.  An embroidered ‘makrama’ (napkin) is worn as apron (which is current in Thrace and northwestern Anatolia).  This is a (good) recent workshop-made copy, as worn by folk dance groups.

Traditional festive female costume from the district of Keşan (in the southern part of the Edirne province). ‘Rumeli’-style: 1900-1950. The ‘şalvar’ (baggy trousers) and ‘cepken’ (long-sleeved vest) embroidered are in silk and silvery metal thread. An embroidered ‘makrama’ (napkin) is worn as apron (which is current in Thrace and northwestern Anatolia). This is a (good) recent workshop-made copy, as worn by folk dance groups.

Traditional festive costume from Akşehir (Konya province).  Clothing style: c. 1925.  This is a recent workshop-made copy, as worn by folk dance groups.

Traditional festive costume from Akşehir (Konya province). Clothing style: c. This is a recent workshop-made copy, as worn by folk dance groups.

A folk dancer in a traditional costume of the people’s militia from the Kütahya province.  Clothing style: ca. 1900.  These is a (good)  recent workshop-made copy, as worn by folk dance groups.

A folk dancer in a traditional costume of the people’s militia from the Kütahya province(Turkey). Clothing style: ca. These is a (good) recent workshop-made copy, as worn by folk dance groups.


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