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Women of Malta in traditional costumes.

Traditional Malta dress. Maltese Women clothing.

Maltese Women

Women of Malta in traditional costumes. Time of the Ottoman Empire.

Drawing by Amadeo Preziosi 1851.

Albanian soldier in fustanella during Ottoman Empire.

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Albanian soldier in fustanella

Albanian soldier in fustanella during Ottoman Empire.

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Albanian Turk soldier with gun and sword. Ottoman empire military.

Turk soldier with gun and sword. Traditional Albanian dress. Amedeo Preziosi

Albanian turk soldier

Ottoman Empire Costume of Albanian turk soldier.

From the book: Stamboul, Recollections of Eastern Life by Amedeo Preziosi. Published by Lemercier Paris 1861.

Woman in traditional Albanian costume.

Traditional Albanian costume. Albania folk dress. Amedeo Preziosi

Albanian woman

Woman in traditional Albanian costume. Ottoman empire.

From the book: Stamboul, Recollections of Eastern Life by Amedeo Preziosi. Published by Lemercier Paris 1861.

Traditional Arabian men costume from the desert.

Traditional Arabian costume. Bedouin dress. Arab Sheik clothing. Amedeo Preziosi

Men from the Arabian desert

Traditional Arabian men costume from the desert.

From the book: Stamboul, Recollections of Eastern Life by Amedeo Preziosi. Published by Lemercier Paris 1861.

Armenian Hamal. A porter or bearer in the Ottoman Empire.

Traditional Armenian Hamal clothing Ottoman empire dress. Amedeo Preziosi drawing

Armenian Hamal. A porter or bearer

Armenian Hamal. A porter or bearer in the Ottoman Empire.

Hammal, ḥammāl in Arabic, was the name given to the occupation of carrier. The Hammal had their own organization, a kind of early union. They carried the merchandise through the narrow streets of Constantinople between the Han. The large warehouses were referred to as Han.

From the book: Stamboul, Recollections of Eastern Life by Amedeo Preziosi. Published by Lemercier Paris 1861.

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Praying Mevlevi Dervish costume. Searching for the Divine.

Praying Mevlevi Dervish costume.  Dervishes clothing, Sufism in Turkey.

Praying Mevleni Dervish

Praying Mevlevi Dervish costume.

One of the most famous and celebrated dervish was living in southern Turkey, the city of Konya, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi. Rumi (born 1207, died 1273) was a Persian mystic and one of the greatest Persian-language poet of the Middle Ages. Of his dervishes and followers later he called Maulana. According to him, the Mevlevi Dervish Order is named.
The monks of the Order of Mevleni turn when praying in a circle. It is a deeply impressive moment of devotion. In Konya, it is also possible to attend this prayer as a layman.
These Islamic monks are immediately assigned based on their clothing to the Islamic order of Mevleni or Mewlana.

The Dervishes are highly honored by the Islamic community. In contrast to the Imam (The religious and political leader of the Islamic community in succession to the Prophet Mohammad), the scribes of Islam, the dervishes are the mystics.
The “holy crazy“ that stands outside of human reality. One whose thinking and feeling constantly revolves around God. The Sufi is the guardian of the secret teachings, the truth of Islam. In the Christian comparable with the monks on Mount Athos in northern Greece, or the early hermits, unlike the bureaucrats, the guardians of the dogma in the Vatican. One is the essence, the other politics. Or in other words, the chaos, the female and the life from the certainty of a birthing intuition, the other of the intellect, the knowledge of Apollo by the Spirit. Matriarchy and patriarchy.

From the book: Stamboul, Recollections of Eastern Life by Amedeo Preziosi. Published by Lemercier Paris 1861.
Related Gallery: The Costume of Turkey by Octavian Dalvimart. Printed by Howlett and Brimmer. Published in London, 1804.

Sufism at the Smithsonian: Searching for the Divine through the Arts

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Turkish street merchant. Ottoman empire.

Traditional Turkey merchant clothing. Ottoman empire dress. Amedeo Preziosi drawing

Turkish street vendor

Turkish street merchant during the Ottoman empire in 1851.

The drawing by Amadeo Preziosi from 1851 shows a street vendor in Istanbul, Constantinople, with sweets and a hand scale. He is dressed in traditional Turkish caftan to a large turban, shirt and harem pants.

From the book: Stamboul, Recollections of Eastern Life by Amedeo Preziosi. Published by Lemercier Paris 1861

Related gallery:The Costume of Turkey by Octavian Dalvimart. Printed by Howlett and Brimmer. Published in London, 1804.

Turkish showman with dancing bear

Dancing bear. Traditional Turkey showman clothing. Ottoman empire costume. Amedeo Preziosi drawing

Turkish showman with dancing bear

Turkish showman with dancing bear plays the Duff. Oriental Hand drum, the Tambourine.

From the book: Stamboul, Recollections of Eastern Life by Amedeo Preziosi. Published by Lemercier Paris 1861.

Related gallery: The Costume of Turkey by Octavian Dalvimart. Printed by Howlett and Brimmer. Published in London, 1804.