I was beginning to think that my brother Eric’s visit to us in September had not affected him. But then two days ago I received a very welcome message. Apparently, as you can see, he was influenced, if not by Turunç, by his visit with us to Topkapi Palace, Istanbul.
Eric is modelling a 17th Century Silk Kaftan, which probably belonged to Deli (Mad) Ibrahim II (1640-48). The long sleeves were ceremonial, (but then Eric could never do things by halves). He is crowned with a velvet takke (cap), from the late 15th Century around which is wound a turban of the finest muslin.
These two exhibits, and many more are currently on loan from Topkapi
Palace Museum to the ‘Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey Exhibition’, at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. until January 22nd, 2006 ~ www.asia.si.edu
Enough of this hi-brow nonsense, remember you read the full story
of Eric and his multi-coloured T-Shirts here.