All these pictures were taken at the Ethnographic Museum near the Blue Mosque and Blue Türbe.
Traditionnal festive costume from Karakeçeli villages near the district town of Keles (55 km south of Bursa).
Still produced today, partly for private use, but especially because there is a huge demand on behalf of folkdance groups from Bursa town and other major Turkish cities.
Except for the metal jewelry, all parts of the costume are homemade, including the beadwork (hat, necklace, purse). This elaborate costume, adorned with plenty of embroidery of diverse art, numbers up to twenty items.
Karakeçeli: Türkmen clan, belonging to the Kayı tribe of the Oğuz Turks (Osman I, founder of Ottoman Empire was a hereditary leader in the Kayı tribe). The Karakeçeli were first mentioned in Anatolian history at het battle of Malazgirt (1071).
Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Source: The Kavak Collection of Anatolian Costumes, Antwerp/Belgium.