Ottoman kaftan construction – 2 Child’s Kaftans

The Clothworkers Centre in London have several Ottoman kaftans in its archive and I have visited the centre to examine some of their examples. I was interested to see how the kaftans were cut and details of the stitching. The archive kaftan pieces are typical of work made in the Ottoman court workshops during the 16th … More Ottoman kaftan construction – 2 Child’s Kaftans

Fabric dyeing project

I have never used procion dyes before and have decided to dye and print my fabric for a range of jackets with an Asian ottoman theme. Researching I have found some good tips for using dyes thickened with sodium alginate to paint or print onto fabric by Alyson Provax Alyson Provax – printmaker and experimental dyer in … More Fabric dyeing project

Ottoman garment fabrics and patterns 1.

Gomlek The under shirt (chemise) Fabrics Finest, translucent woven cotton or silk fabric was used to make the under garments. There are examples of men’s winter gomleks made of fine wool. This garment was very wide and loose and often reached to the ankles, with generously wide, long sleeves. Gomlek pattern Entari The entari was a decorative … More Ottoman garment fabrics and patterns 1.

Ottoman 15th C -17th C woman’s costume

Women’s everyday wear did not change greatly during this time and comprised of: Underclothes Salvar (trousers) that were very baggy at the waist tapering to the ankles. The salvar were often coloured though did not usually match the rest of the outfit. Gomlek (a chemise) that was mid-calf length and made from a transparent diaphanous fabric … More Ottoman 15th C -17th C woman’s costume

Ottoman kaftan construction – 2 Child’s Kaftans

The Clothworkers Centre in London have several Ottoman kaftans in its archive and I have visited the centre to examine some of their examples. I was interested to see how the kaftans were cut and details of the stitching. The archive kaftan pieces are typical of work made in the Ottoman court workshops during the 16th … More Ottoman kaftan construction – 2 Child’s Kaftans