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Applique kaftan, mid-17th century, with chintamani (literally "auspicious jewels") motifs. The huge scale ofthese designs, typical of the Ottoman royal costumes, served as a means of projecting the Ottoman Sultan's image and power visually over large distances in public ceremonies with large crowds of attendants and spectators
Silk Kaftan, 16th century, Topkapi Palace Museum Made from a single piece of kemha (brocaded silk) without repeats, this mid-16th-century kaftan, probably worn by a son of Süleyman the Magnificent, is unique in its rich palette and marks the peak of textile weaving. The black-green ground is filled with a riot of saz leaves, pomegranates, rosettes and peonies, recalling Iznik tiles in the Topkapı Palace’s Circumcision Chamber, which dates from 1520, and manuscripts of the same era
Believed to be female attire. 16th century. Scanned from a book in my possession. For reference only.