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I’m sure you’ve all seen pictures/drawing of women from the Ottoman Empire who had on what looked like a heavy, baggy overcoat with a filmy white scarf and veil combination.
The heavy overcoat which was worn over their house clothing was/is called a “ferace” (I assume pronounced fer-aj-eh). There is a modern version of this overgarment which is also worn by many very conservative Turkish women. Its sort of like a looser, more somber version of the pardesu. Sister Edibe (who is now in Istanbul working!) told me they were basically the Turkish version of an Abaya. I reckon that does make sense, but to me, personally from the designs Ive seen they seem more like a less structured and looser version of a pardesu and always in a dark color! From what ive seen online and from in real life with some of the Turkish women I know, the ferace is worn by the more conservative women, like the kinds who probably also wear carsaf or niqab. Its considered a more sober, stricter form of attire. (Please, correct me if I’m wrong, but those are the answers I got when I inquired about these with some Turkish women I know)
(Turkish niqabi with ferace)
The ferace styles are readily available on many online Turkish websites and as I keep mentioning…E-Tesettur has a line of ferace up on their website. They are seriously affordable and look very nice! Only downer is they run on the smaller side with the largest being a Turkish size 44-if these interest you, you should inquire with them about the sizing of the ferace as I would assume they are meant to be worn rather loose and as Ive learned, the sizes do vary between brands! whats a 44 in Setrms is not the same as a 44 in Tekbir or Miss Yagmur! They are the Huma Sultan brand. Here are some below which I really do think are quite lovely and are a nice mix between Abaya and Pardesu.