A Turkish villager in his best outfit. Not wealthy, but not poor either (note the leather boots). The primary purpose of the large men’s ‘kuşak’ (waist band) is here obvious: to support the back during demanding daily activities. Late-Ottoman, end of c
Portrait of a well-to-do citizen, in the company of two ‘başıbozuk’: one from the Albania/Epirus region (in white dress), and one from western Anatolia (in dark dress). Late-Ottoman era, end of century.