DANCES - BURDUR

Burdur, is a city located in the South Western part of Turkey. Since the city is at the intersection of the Aegean, Mediterranean, and Central Anatolian regions of Turkey, the dances from this city carry the characteristics of all the three regions mentioned above. In this area inhabits a large nomadic population of Turkomans who are also called "Yoruk"s. The name "Yoruk" derives from the Turkish verb "yuru" which means to walk, with the word yorouk designating "those who walk, walkers". Although Yoruks are not nomads in a traditional sense anymore, they still lead a semi-nomadic life in that they go up to the highlands "yayla" during the summer , and come back down to the coast during the winter. They herd animals, especially sheeps and goats, they weave carpets, they make delicious yoghurt, cheese, dough. Since the human beings are inspired by their daily lives and the nature around them when they create dances, Burdur dances depict women weaving carpets, threading, making yoghurt, and imitating goats' moves. The latter more applies to men's dances.

The costumes are colorful and have many layers. It includes a salvar (baggy pants), uc etek (a kind of striped dress, the skirt of which has three pieces, two in the front and one in the back), a cepken (a vest usually in one solid color), and baslik (a bonnet designed with colorful and embroidered scarves, and coins).