Vahé Achikian

Women knitting in Erznka

This photo of “Siraqan” or Mouhabbetdji Christian Armenian women dates to year 1897, was photographed in Yarpuz and included many Zeytun and Firnus Armenians. Seated, far right, is one of the founders and chief sharaqan singer Yeghisabeth Lobashyan Badji, or Kouyr Yeghisabeth. She was martyred in 1915 during the Armenian Genocide in Meskene, Syrian desert.

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