Traditional festive women’s hats, from the Pomak villages near Biga (Çanakkale province), ca. 1925-1950. Adorned with metallic & mica sequins, several types of glass beads and balls, cotton ‘oya’ (Turkish lace) and late-Ottoman coins. Topped with a silver(y) ‘tepelik’ (hat cover). (Source: Tekin Uludoğan, Balıkesir).
Dervishes were a common subject for foreign photographers of the late Qajar period. These photographs helped to create and fed the stereotypes of exotic Easterners, but nevertheless they are useful historical records of the period.
A traditional festive costume from Pomak villages near Biga (Çanakkale prov.), mid-20th c. Setting: ‘evli kadın’ (married woman). Characteristics: 1) the ‘önlük’ (apron) is worn on top of the ‘arkalık kuşak’ (triangular waist cloth): 2) the hat & imitation hair (black cotton plaits, attached to back of the hat) are covered by the headscarf. (Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).
Traditional ‘don’ (women’s long underpands). Cotton on cotton embroidered, five different colours used. From the Turkish Alevi villages in the Ruen district (northern part of the Burgaz province, Bulgaria), among others Dobra Polyana village (named 'Orhan Selim' by the Turks), mid-20th century. Part of a festive costume. (Inv.nr. don032 - Kavak Folklor Ekibi & Costume Collection-Antwerpen/Belgium).