A Study in Crimean Tatar Embroidery
The Asiye-Zeynep Collection

Head Scarves II


Head Scarf 08

Head Scarf 08 (Marama)

Embroidered on cotton (muslin), 70 cm wide and 172 cm long; a simple design worked in stem and satin stitches with multi color and metallic (silver) threads; flower petals placed symmetrically on each side of a meandering stem (flowing water motif); height of embroidery, from the tip of petals to the edge of cloth, 9 cm. Note: This design, in smaller scale, was used as a border motif in other embroidered textiles.
See: Another view of two embroidered edges side by side.


Head Scarf 09

Head Scarf 09 (Marama)

Embroidered on cotton (organdy), 70 cm wide and 178 cm long; a meandering stem, interrupted by stylized flowers (pink, brown, purple and blue), with smaller buds (light green, pink and gold); small leaves (in pink, brown, purple and blue), attached to the main stem, embroidered in metallic thread (silver); stem and satin stitches; light blue border, worked in counted-thread style; embroidery height, from the tip of petals to the edge of cloth, 9 cm.


Head Scarf 10

Head Scarf 10 (Marama)

Embroidered on fine cotton (cambric), 75 cm wide and 182 cm long; a meandering stem, with pairs of flowers placed on each side and embroidered in the same color (red, blue, green or orange), buds and twigs in multi colors; middle of flowers worked in Turkic stitch with metallic thread (silver); mostly worked in stem stitch and the buds in satin stitch; height of embroidery, from the side of flowers to the edge of cloth, 12 cm.
See: Another view of embroidery.


Head Scarf 11

Head Scarf 11 (Marama)

Embroidered on cotton (tulle), 82 cm wide and 183 cm long; design of flowers and swirling shapes not in traditional motifs seen in Crimean Tatar work; chain stitch, likely machine embroidered; height of embroidery, 21.5 cm, including the lace border.
Click here for another view of embroidery.


Head Scarf 12

Head Scarf 12 (Marama)

Embroidered on cotton (organdy), 79 cm wide fragment, with two existing ends; a meandering stem (flowing water motif), with square shaped flowers or buds symmetrically placed on each side; main stem and leaves highlighted in black; stems of flowers and twigs also in black; entire stitching in counted-thread style; height of embroidery, from the tip of twigs to the edge of cloth, 12 cm. Note: Design is similar to embroidery patterns seen in 19th century pieces produced in Ottoman Turkey. This head scarf belonged to Bahtile.
See: Another view of embroidery.


Head Scarf 13

Head Scarf 13 (Marama)

Embroidered on cotton (muslin), 74 cm wide and at least 170 cm long; featuring a meandering stem (flowing water motif), worked in metallic thread (gold), with purple leaves; in double running and satin stitch; height of the embroidery from the tip of leaves to the edge of cloth, 11 cm. Note: The scarf was later cut in half and used as mirror cover.


Head Scarf 14

Head Scarf 14 (Marama)

Embroidered on cotton (muslin), 55 cm wide and 132 cm long; representing a simplified version of the Tree of Life motif, repeated 3 times along the width of cloth; worked in stem, satin and fern stitches; light and dark purple, pink, light grey, yellow and metallic thread (silver); height of the embroidery from the tip of twigs to edge of cloth, 11 cm. Note: Quality of work suggests that this might have been embroidered by a beginner or a child.


Posted: 10 February 2010

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