Traditional embroidered women’s ‘cepken’ (long-sleeved vest) from the Havran district (in the western part of the Balıkesir province). Locally called ‘çuha’. Early 20th century. Design: ‘armutlu’ (= with pear-motif). ‘Silver’ metal thread on velvet; embroidery technique: ‘kordon tutturma’ (applied cord). (Source: Tekin Uludoğan, Balıkesir).
The careful placement and execution of motifs on this sleeveless coat are an example of fine workmanship. The use of solid color insets within the gold couched forms adds a gem-like quality to an extravagant surface