Traditional festive woman’s hat from the Olti/Oltu region (North of Erzurum province). Well-to-do Armenian, c. 1900. The felt hat is adorned with needle work, a& row of small Ottoman copper coins, 2 x four lines of: wild (baroque) pearls + one small silver Ottoman coin, and a clasp (gilt silver & turquoises) holding a purple silk tassel; the tassel is attached to the hat by a string of blue glass pearls. (Inv.nr. ba$023 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).
Armenian women from the village of Alur (currently Alaköy), in the Edremit district (in the western part of the Van province). Late-Ottoman era, early 20th century. Top: a newly wed bride and a relative. Bottom: two women in outdoors village dress.