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  • Turban

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    Harjit Singh Sajjan, the Minister of National Defence of Canada wearing a Sikh turban. The turban is one of the most recognized symbols of the Sikh community. A turban (from Persian دولبند‌, dulband; via Middle French turbant) is a type of headwear based on cloth winding. Featuring many variations, it is worn as customary headwear by men of various countries. Communities with prominent turban-wearing traditions can be found in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa and the Horn of Africa. Wearing turbans is common among Sikhs, including women. The headgear also serves as a religious observance, including among Shia Muslims, who regard turban-wearing as Sunnah Mu'akkadah (confirmed tradition). The turban is also the traditional headdress of Sufi scholars. Additionally, turbans have often been worn by nobility, regardless of religious background. They are also sometimes donned to protect hair or as a headwrap for women following cancer treatments.

  • Keffiyeh

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    Iraqi man in 2003 wearing a keffiyeh Saudi Arabian bedouin man wearing a keffiyeh The keffiyeh or kufiya ( ', meaning "from the city of Kufa" (); plural '), also known as a ghutrah (), shemagh ( '), ' (), mashadah (), chafiye, dastmal yazdi () or cemedanî (), is a traditional West Asian (Middle Eastern) headdress with origins from the Fertile Crescent (Iraq and the Levant) fashioned from a square scarf, usually made of cotton. It is commonly found in arid regions as it provides protection from sunburn, dust and sand. Toward the end of the 1980s, the keffiyeh became a fashion accessory in the United States and, during the 2000s, it became very popular among teenagers in Tokyo, Japan, where it is often worn with camouflage-style clothing.

  • Head tie

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    A Ghanaian lady in Gele An elaborate head tie worn by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia Ivoirian woman in a head-tie A head tie is a women's cloth head scarf that is commonly worn in many parts of Southern Africa and Western Africa. In South Africa and Namibia, the Afrikaans word doek (meaning "cloth") is used for the traditional head covering used among most elderly local women in rural areas. In other parts of the continent, terms like duku (Malawi, Ghana), dhuku (Zimbabwe), tukwi (Botswana), and gele (Nigeria) are used. The head scarf is used as an ornamental head covering or fashion accessory, or for functionality in different settings. Its uses or meaning can vary depending on the country and/or religion of those who wear it.

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