We read about this museum in our guide to Turkey and thought it might be interesting. Little did we know what an incredible treat was in store for us. If you have the slightest interest in the incredible artistry and workmanship of ethnic clothing, you MUST visit this museum! Mr. Esat Uluumay began collecting folk costumes from the Ottoman Empire (including the Balkans, Syria, Uzbekistan etc.) in the 1960s. His personal collection covers the 15th through the 19th centuries. It was turned into this museum by the City of Bursa. Housed in an old Ottoman building, there is room after room of folk costumes, complete with head coverings of all kinds, beaded shoes, boots, children's clothing and bridal attire from across the Empire. The museum also includes household items. Mr. Uluumay himself conducts the tour and his knowledge of Ottoman clothing is unparalleled. Every room is a total new delight of astonishment and discovery. DO NOT MISS if you are in Bursa.
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