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Published in Hidden Stories/Human Lives: Proceedings of the Textile Society of America 17th Biennial Symposium, October 15-17, 2020. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/tsaconf/

doi: 10.32873/unl.dc.tsasp.0122


Copyright © 2020 Ozlen Ozgen, Feryal Soylemezoglu, Zeynep Erdogan, Sevinc Arcak


The rites of matrimony, which are formed with various rituals and activities, have been accepted as one of the main components of Anatolian traditions from the Ottoman period to the present time. The marriage is celebrated with ceremonies that include a series of entertainment activities. The henna rituals are conducted prior to marriage. In these rituals, first, various folk songs are sung to make brides, who will be away from their parents, cry. Then, fun music is played to entertain the bride, who wears dress in traditional henna clothes called bindalli on henna night. The material, colors, motif, and ornaments of these clothes have symbolic meanings culturally. In Anatolian marriage ceremonies, bindalli clothing decorated with metal and pearls are usually worn by brides. The current study will analyze the henna-night clothes as symbols of the henna ritual by referring to different samples within the framework of intangible cultural heritage, because traditional henna clothes vary by local factors such as cut, fabric, and ornaments, this study will focus on bindalli from Beypazari, Ankara, within the scope of research sampling. By underlining that culture can be preserved through conducting related activities, the importance of this current study rests upon the analysis of how henna-night clothing has changed from past to present. In recent years, it has been shown that variously designed bindalli clothes are being used as henna-night dresses, even prom dress or beachwear.