Women from villages in the region of Ikonio (Konya) in the 1910s

15 Jan

This is an important find for me. My godfather was from a Christian village near Konya and he had a stunning photograph of his mother in exactly this dress. His father was an Ottoman military doctor, so my godfather got to grow up in Konya, Aleppo, Beirut and finally Smyrna. Out of all those places and years, the one item of their lives that survived was that one photograph. He knew I had been fascinated with it as a child and several times told me that he wanted me to be the one to keep it safe and in good condition when he died.

He did in 2002, but by the time I could fly to Athens from New York for the funeral, the vulture relatives had licked everything clean.

Thanks, life, for this pic at least.

Οι νύφες του Ικονίου. Φωτογραφία του κ. Κώστα Φασσέα.

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