Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde München


From Ottoman Fashion to Turkish Folk Art

Foto: Gérard J. Maizou

Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde
Ravi Gallery
Maximilianstraße 42
80538 München

0049-(0)89/21 01 36-100

Opening hours:
Tue–Sun 9.30 am – 5.30 pm

Admission: 4,- €

April 2011 – March 2012

They first appear in the early 19th century: colourful flowers made of finest needle lace. In the second half of the 19th century, they were already common throughout the Ottoman Empire, in Romania as well as on the Aegean islands, in Palestine, Egypt and in Asia Minor. Oya decorate the borders of scarves, underclothes, tablecloths and purses. Men even wear them wrapped around their fez.

After the decline of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of the Turkish Republic in the 1920s, making Oya became part of the old Turkish handicrafts and linked to folk belief and local myths. According to tradition, they are kept in the trousseau chest.

In the context of the Munich exhibition series "Changing Views", the Museum of Ethnology Munich will show examples of Oya from the end of the 19th century up to the present along with numerous photographs. The exhibition is supported by the "Society of Friends of Islamic Art and Culture" and the "German-Turkish Society Bavaria in Munich" in Munich.

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