Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Turkish Cultural Foundation

We attended a very interesting talk by  Prof. Dr. Nurhan Atasoy  at the Turkish Cultural Foundation.  (The website for this foundation is well worth a visit.)
We were treated to a lovely afternoon tea before listening to a very interesting presentation about the foundation's website.  Then Prof. Dr. Nurhan Atasoy talked about traditional costumes of various Turkish groups and showed some beautiful examples in her slide show.  (You can see some examples here.)
We saw some similar examples in some of the Ethnographic museums that we visited.  One museum was especially beautiful. It is a private museum but has some gorgeous clothes and textiles.  We were not allowed to take photos there (one of the few places that did not allow photography, as long as we did not use flash).  But it is well worth a visit if you venture to Turkey.
Unfortunately, the museums were usually reasonably dark and I could not take any photos.
But ...
here are some pictures of Henna Night outfits that were in the market.  Deniz, our guide, explained that they are worn by the bride, prior to the wedding, when the girls have a night out (and the bride has henna designs drawn on her palm).  Only the bride dresses up.  The accessories were amazing also.

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