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Late-Ottoman bride costume. From Balıkesir province. Two pieces: ‘şalvar’ (trousers) and ‘cepken’ (jacket). Embroidered with gold thread on velvet. 19th century.

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Gaudy or gorgeous? Ceremonial Garment of a Hungarian Magnate, Hungarian, c. 1865, silk, velvet, fur, gold passementerie, gilded silver, enamel, mother-of-pearl, turquoise, and plumes; boots: leather; saber: steel, metal, velvet, gemstones, and leather; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Photo via MFAH (@MFAH) on Twitter. See also: http://www.mfah.org/blogs/inside-mfah/2015/habsburg-chic/

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The subtle sheen and rich texture make this elegant silk kurta ideal for festive dressing. This classic kurta features yoke stitch. This kurta can be co-ordinated with vibrant pants, patialas or churidars. Silk Matka Yoke Stitch Detail Chinese Collar 3Q Sleeves Dry Clean Only

Silk Matka Yoke Stitch Detail Long Kurta

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AN OTTOMAN COURIER'S ENSEMBLE, EARLY 20TH CENTURY Bir Osmanlı Görevli Elbisesi, 20.YY Başı

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Ceremonial court dress belonging to Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. Made by the workshop of O. Bulbenkova (?), St. Petersburg, Russia. Late 19th to early 20th centuries. Velvet, satin and gilded metal thread. State Hermitage Museum (links: https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/digital-collection/08.+Applied+Arts/1263422/?lng=en, http://www.hermitageline.ru/ru/blog/view/bal). Other photos are via Ghosts of Imperial Russia's Tumblr. CLICK FOR VERY LARGE, HI-RES IMAGES.

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Traditional festive costume from the central district of the Balıkesir province. Dating: 1925-1950. The trousers and long-sleeved vest in striped silk, and the velvet jacket are embroidered (‘golden’ thread in ‘kordon tutturma’ technique/applied cord). (Kavak Folklor Ekibi&Costume Collection-Antwerpen/Belgium).

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A traditional festive (‘summer’) costume from the Konya province. Late-Ottoman urban fashion, end of 19th century. With an ‘üçetek’ (robe with three panels) and an ‘arkalık’ (triangular waistcloth) in silk discontinuous (‘broché’) brocade. They date, as well as the jewelry, from 1875-1900, or earlier. (Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

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