Turkey: Turkish family

Front view of whole family
Front view of whole family

General description: Husband, wife and daughter all together in their best dress.

Dimensions Man: 20.5 x 7 x 6 cm; woman: 20.5 x 9 x 6 cm; girl: 14 x 7 x 5 cm; large oval clear plastic plate to support family: 1.5 x 14 x 7.5 cm.

Date when acquired 2000s

Original Date Unknown

Source Flea market in the Bochum area. Present from Fritz W.


Front view of parents on their own
Front view of parents on their own


Plastic bodies, legs and hands with wire arms. The eyes are transfers while the eyebrows, lips, fringes and the man’s moustache are painted on. The woman and the girl both have long black plaits won to below their waists. Both the woman and man have their arms linked and, they are standing on grey plastic blocks. The girl has been stuck down on the plastic plate supporting the whole family.

Back view of parents
Back view of parents



The woman is wearing a pair of very baggy trousers (şalvar or shalwar kameez) in a light pink silky material. Over this she has a long jacket made of printed cotton and decorated with gold braid down the front. The material is black with large and medium flowers in red, white and blue. The jacket is closed with a golden belt. On her head is a fez-like hat made of black material with a geometrical design in brown, mint green and silver. Over the hat is a large shawl (çarşaf) draped down over her shoulders to her waist in a reddish brown cotton with a flower and leaf design in white, green, brown and lilac edged in black.

Side view of woman
Side view of woman

The man has a red fez on his head with a green flowered cotton scarf wrapped around it, tied at the front and with one end hanging down to his right shoulder. He has similar very wide baggy pants on like his wife but in red silk. Over this he has a collarless shirt in a dark green cotton with a geometric design in white and black. Around his waist is a cummerbund made of black cotton with a small green, white, red and brown flowers. Over his shirt is a black waistcoat with a braid around its edges like his wife’s but in silver not gold.

Side view of man
Side view of man

The daughter is wearing a long pink skirt, with a long pink jacket open at the front and held in place with a golden girdle. The cuffs and front edges of the jacket and the hem of her skirt are have the same silver braid as her father’s waist coat. On her head is a large mob cap made of a fine cotton material in dark green with large flower shapes in white, some with pink centres. The hat looks like a large flower itself.

Back view of the daughter
Back view of the daughter

The shoes and socks of the two adults dolls are formed with the leg, those of the man are black plastic, the woman grey plastic and the girl has dark grey feet and legs. The shoes of the adults rise up in a point at the front.


Side view of the daughter
Side view of the daughter




Background information

Looking at the descriptions of the traditional Turkish clothing, from the baggy pants worn by the two adult dolls and the lack of a waistcloth (peştemal) on the woman, they should come from Eastern Anatolia. However, I am not sure. Certainly, none of the pictures I have found on the internet look anything like these ensembles, especially the hat of the little girl is rather interesting.


Source(s) of information

See Turkey: General information.

(3.4.1, 3.4.2 and 3.4.3 )


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