Portrait of a Memlook Bey by John Frederick Lewis, 1863 pencil and watercolour.
I took a photo of it during the exhibition “Inspired by the East: how the Islamic World Influenced Western Art” at The British Museum in London.
Did You Know?
- A word turban comes fro the Persian dulband which was adapted in French as turbant.
- Turbans go as far back as to 2350 B.C. Mesopotamia!
- Turban is a head covering piece, usually consisting of a long piece of textile wound around a head.
- Originally turbans were worn by royalty and spiritual leaders, often embellished with jewels.
- It is a traditional everyday wear garment for Sikhs and Muslims but is also worn by many other men and women as a practical or fashion statement piece.
- Since the early 15th century, turban was introduced as a fashion garment in Europe. Afterwards it made many comebacks, especially in womenswear.
- It was brought back by Paul Poiret in the 1920s, and followed by Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent together with many other contemporary fashion designers ever since…