The Clothing Culture of the Turks, and the Entari (Part 1: History)

Koc F., Koca E.

FOLK LIFE-JOURNAL OF ETHNOLOGICAL STUDIES, vol.49, no.1, pp.10-29, 2011 (AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 49 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1179/043087711x12950015416357
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.10-29
  • Keywords: entari, Turkish clothes, Turkish clothing history, traditional dress, GARMENTS
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


For centuries, there were only minor alterations to traditional Turkish dress, and these changes did not have an impact on the universal characteristics of the style. From its early period in Central Asia to the present, the main elements of Turkish attire continue to be the salvar and the entari. (The salvar are baggy trousers gathered in at the waist, while the bottom parts of the legs have either cuffs or pleats. These extend to just above the ankle and are usually worn with a raw silk shirt covered in turn by various types of entari, over which more robes may be worn.) The first part of this study outlines the historical development of the entari, one of the main elements of Turkish women's and men's wear, and its transformation between cultures.