Romani culture

The Sepečides from Izmir and surroundings

The Sepečides ‘basket weavers’ in the area of Izmir on the Western coast of Turkey are a group of several hundred Roma who until a few decades ago had their traditional profession of weaving and selling bas­kets. They spoke a variant of Romani typical of the Romani dialects spoken in the Southern Balkan coun­tries and Greece. Their ancestors originally lived in the area of Thessaloniki in Greece and migrated east when the Turkish Republic was founded after the Greco-Turkish War in the 1920s.

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