The Entari was the common outer coat dress worn both by women and men during the Ottoman period. Examples of Entaris, such as this one, in the JMG Ethnographic Collection, show that Jewish women from Ioannina during the first half of the 19th century preferred their Entari made from silk brocade with stripes alternating with bands of flowers and embroidered with gold cord in the characteristic epirotic style. Τhis popular kind of Selimiye fabric was mostly produced at the textile workshops in the Uskudar district of Istanbul, founded by Sultan Selim III, at the end of the 18th century, in order to compete with the import of French silk brocades.

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