A Saka or Turkish water carrier. Ottoman Empire Costume.

Turkish water carrier. Ottoman Empire Costume. Traditional Turkish national costume
A Saka or Turkish water carrier.

A SAKA, OR TURKISH WATER CARRIER.

IT is a singular thing, that the business of a water carrier should afford a dress so ornamented; but it is, in fact, much less expensive than the furs and robes of the superior ranks. Almost all the common people (for the dress of the Turks is distinctive) have a short jacket, ornamented with gold or silk twist, trowsers of cloth, which reach and fit close to the middle of the leg, which is in other respects quite bare. They wear red slippers, and have a broad belt round their bodies. Water is constantly carried about the streets both of Pera and Constantinople, and the Sakàs carry it in lethern buckets.

Source: The costume of Turkey. Illustrated by a series of engravings; with descriptions in english. By Octavian Dalvimart. Printed by Howlett and Brimmer. Published in London, 1802.

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