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OTTOMAN TURKISH COSTUMES



At the 'Dress Like Sultans' booth, You will be able to wear some Ottoman Turkish costumes and have your picture taken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ottoman imperial style was not dominated but inspired by other cultures in the course of centuries, such as the Chinese, Mongolian, Persian, Arab, as well as the Byzantine, Hungarian, Italian, and Austrian. The Sultan's court was the melting pot for all of these influences.

Ottoman male dress of high rank was distinguished by features such as length, colors, and patterns. Other than the turban, dress in the court consisted of a shirt (gomlek), inner garment (entari), sash (kusak) or metal belt (kemer), baggy trousers (salvar), outer garment (kaftan) which was an overcoat usually lined with fur, high boots (basmak), and shoes (mest).

 

The traditional Turkish ensemble for either men or women consisted of loose fitting trousers (şalvar, don) and a shirt (gömlek), topped by a variety of jackets (cebken), vests (yelek), and long coats (entâri, kaftan, üç etek). The use of coats and trousers derived from their nomadic origins in Central Asia. Trousers protect a rider’s legs from chafing, and coats or jackets can be more readily donned or doffed than tunics while on horseback, as required in a variable climate.

 

Layering of garments was an important aesthetic element. Garments were arranged to display the patterns and quality of fabrics on all layers and add bulk to the body image. The more formal the occasion or the higher the status of the wearer, the more layers worn,  with richer materials further indicating wealth. Colorful sashes that added mass to the body image also served as a repository for weapons and personal articles. Ottoman Turkish headgear typically involved a brimless hat or cap in a variety of sizes and forms indicating official status, gender, and regional identity.

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