A young woman churning (shaking up cream or whole milk to make butter), using a wooden plunger-type butter churn, named ‘yayık’. She is standing in front of a small Yörük tent.
She wears a festive two parts-costume made of striped silk, with baggy trousers (‘şalvar’) and a blouse named ‘sarka’. The front of the blouse, the shoulder pieces and the cuffs of both its long sleeves are adorned with gold thread embroidery, fastened in the so-called ‘kordon tutturma tekniği’ (= applied cord). Which means that the gold thread is laid down on the fabric in circular figures, and then fastened with a yellow silk thread.
This kind of dress is related to the ‘Bahriye’ (‘Navy’) costume, which appeared in the early 1930s and that is still in use in the Eskişehir region.
Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Sources: The Kavak Collection of Anatolian Costumes, Antwerpen/Belgium & Wikipedia.