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.

Whirling dervishes

The Order of the Whirling Dervishes is one branch of the vast Sufi tradition of Islam.The ritual dance SEMA began with the inspiration of Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi (1207-1273) and was influenced by Turkish customs and culture. The Mevlevi Order was founded by the followers of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi (popularly referred to as Rumi) in 1273. … More Whirling dervishes

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

V&A 16th & 17th C Ottoman children’s kaftans

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O85101/kaftan/ The V&A  collection of children’s kaftans were worn by Ottoman princes who died in childhood. These luxurious kaftans were placed over the graves of the deceased children and preserved in the imperial tombs. In 1595 the nineteen younger sons of Sultan Murat III were executed on the orders of their half-brother Mehmet III on … More V&A 16th & 17th C Ottoman children’s kaftans

16th century pattern symbolism

Traditional Turkish Ottoman motifs are unique to the history of the Ottoman Empire and have been used to decorate many words of art and clothing including fabrics, tiles, ceramics, carpet and decorative arts since the 13th century reaching their zenith in the 16th century. The motif designs include stylised flower and fruits such as the carnation, hyacinth and tulip. Embroidered … More 16th century pattern symbolism