Turkish yaglik (embroidered towel), mid-19th century. Turkish yaglik (embroidered towel), mid-19th century. Copyright Victoria & Albert Museum, London, acc. no. 757-1852.

In the Turkish world, the word yaglik originally referred to a piece of cotton or linen, rectangular in shape, of various sizes, which was used as a napkin. It was often embroidered at both ends. In later years, the word referred to an embroidered textile that was used to decorate the house or for other purposes, on special occasions. Young brides often had yagliks in their trousseau.

See an embroidered yaglik from Turkey, and an embroidered Turkish towel, both from the nineteenth century, now in the V&A Museum, London.

Source: BOWMAN, Inci A. (2010). A Study in Crimean Tatar Embroidery: The Asiye-Zeynep Collection, Recent Studies on Crimean Tatars,  International Committee for Crimea. Download here.

V&A online catalogue (retrieved 23 November 2016).


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