Traditional hand-knitted woollen stockings, for children.   From the Van province.  Kurdish, late 20th century.   The pattern shows several diamond-shaped ‘ayna’ (mirror), which is an amulet against the evil eye.  (Inv.nr. çor007 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted woollen stockings, for children. From the Van province. Kurdish, late 20th century. The pattern shows several diamond-shaped ‘ayna’ (mirror), which is an amulet against the evil eye. (Inv.nr. çor007 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted bridal stockings.   From Pomak immigrants, settled in the Biga district (Çanakkale province).  1950-1975.  Wool & metallic thread.  The pattern shows several diamond-shaped ‘ayna’ (mirror), which is an amulet against the evil eye.  (Inv.nr. çor012 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted bridal stockings. From Pomak immigrants, settled in the Biga district (Çanakkale province). 1950-1975. Wool & metallic thread. The pattern shows several diamond-shaped ‘ayna’ (mirror), which is an amulet against the evil eye. (Inv.nr. çor012 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted woollen stockings, for women. From the Sivas province.  Late 20th century.   The main pattern are concentric diamonds called ‘ayna’ (mirror), which is a charm against evil eye; the horizontal stripes on top of the stockings are filled with small ‘çengel’ (hook),  another protection against evil eye).  (Inv.nr. çor003 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted woollen stockings, for women. From the Sivas province. Late 20th century. The main pattern are concentric diamonds called ‘ayna’ (mirror), which is a charm against evil eye; the horizontal stripes on top of the stockings are filled with small ‘çengel’ (hook), another protection against evil eye). (Inv.nr. çor003 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted woollen stockings, for men.   Kurdish, from the Doğubayazıt district (Ağrı province).  Late 20th century.  (Inv.nr. çor010 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted woollen stockings, for men. Kurdish, from the Doğubayazıt district (Ağrı province). Late 20th century. (Inv.nr. çor010 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted woollen socks, for women.  From the Keles district (South of Bursa).  Late 20th century.  Ethnic goup: Yörük (Karakeçeli).  (Inv.nr. çor035- Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted woollen socks, for women. From the Keles district (South of Bursa).

Traditional hand-knitted woollen stockings, for men.   From the Konya province.  Late 20th century.  The composite pattern shows ‘koçboynuzu’ (= ‘ram’s horn’, which symbolises male fertility, male power and heroism) inside diamond-shaped ‘ayna’ (mirror), which is an amulet against the evil eye. (Inv.nr. çor014 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted woollen stockings, for men. From the Konya province. Late 20th century. The composite pattern shows ‘koçboynuzu’ (= ‘ram’s horn’, which symbolises male fertility, male power and heroism) inside diamond-shaped ‘ayna’ (mirror), which is an amulet against the evil eye. (Inv.nr. çor014 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted stockings, for women.   From the Çanakkale province.  Last quarter of 20th century.  With diamond-shaped ‘ayna’ (mirror) pattern, which is an amulet against the evil eye.  (Inv.nr. çor148 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted stockings, for women. From the Bursa province. Last quarter of century. With diamond-shaped ‘ayna’ (mirror) pattern, which is an amulet against the evil eye.

Traditional hand-knitted woollen stockings, for men.   From the Konya province.  Late 20th century.  The composite pattern shows ‘koçboynuzu’ (= ‘ram’s horn’, which symbolises male fertility, male power and heroism) inside diamond-shaped ‘ayna’ (mirror), which is an amulet against the evil eye.   (Inv.nr. çor016 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted woollen stockings, for men. From the Konya province. Late 20th century. The composite pattern shows ‘koçboynuzu’ (= ‘ram’s horn’, which symbolises male fertility, male power and heroism) inside diamond-shaped ‘ayna’ (mirror), which is an amulet against the evil eye. (Inv.nr. çor016 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Half-long hand-knitted woollen stockings.  For men.  Kurdish, from the central district of the Van province (eastern Turkey).  Late 20th century.  (Inv.nr. çor045 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Kurdish, from the central district of the Van province (eastern Turkey).

Traditional hand-knitted women's socks.  From Macedonia, 1900-1950.

From Macedonia,

Traditional hand-knitted woollen stockings, for men.   From the Konya province.  Late 20th century.  The composite pattern shows various diamond-shaped ‘ayna’ (mirror), which are a protection against the evil eye. (Inv.nr. çor015 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted woollen stockings, for men. From the Konya province. Late 20th century. The composite pattern shows various diamond-shaped ‘ayna’ (mirror), which are a protection against the evil eye. (Inv.nr. çor015 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted woollen socks, for men.  From the Keles district (South of Bursa).  Late 20th century.  Ethnic goup: Yörük.  (Inv.nr. çor008- Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted woollen socks, for men. From the Keles district (South of Bursa).

Short hand-knitted woollen stockings.  For women.  Kurdish, from the central district of the Van province (eastern Turkey).  Late 20th century.  (Inv.nr. çor025 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Kurdish, from the central district of the Van province (eastern Turkey).

Traditional hand-knitted woollen stockings, for men. From the Beyşehir district (Konya province).  Late 20th century (1980-'85); purchased in Marmaris in 1986.  (Inv.nr. çor120 - Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional hand-knitted woollen stockings, for men. From the Beyşehir district (Konya province). Late century purchased in Marmaris in (Inv.

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