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or kaf·fi·yeh (kə-fē′ə)
A square of cloth, often embroidered, traditionally worn as a headdress by Arab men, either by winding it around the head or by folding it into a triangle, draping it over the head, and securing it with an agal. Also called shemagh.

[Arabic kūfīya, from feminine of kūfī, of Kufa, Kufic, from al-Kūfa, Kufa, a city in central Iraq.]
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(kɛˈfiːjə) ,




(Clothing & Fashion) a cotton headdress worn by Arabs
[C19: from Arabic, perhaps from Late Latin cofea coif]
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kufiyyapalestinapañuelo palestino
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Headgear: One of the recent trends is the head gear, we have them in various shapes and colours and apart of its sassiness when its worn, it can help prevent dust from getting into your scalp or your hair because with the harmattan wind comes parching dust- for the head-gears we have the Bowler/Derby hat, the Ghutrah scarf whuich many people know as the Arabian scarf worn in Dubai and other areas, then the Bucket hat, the Fedora which looks like the chic version of the cowboy hat, the baseball hat which I think looks better on the ladies, the Boater hat commonly made of straw with a ribbon tied around, the Chilote cap or the Bobble hat covers the whole head which is very similar to the head warmer and a lot more others.
Among its different Arabic names are the ghutrah, shemagh and hattah.
Traditionally the headgear of Palestinian peasants , the keffiyeh -- known also as shmagh, hattah, ghutrah, and a host of other local nicknames -- has in the past century become a political and cultural symbol for those in need of bold statement piece.
Recalling how he celebrated Eid, Huzaim Al Man'ai from wilayat of Shinas, said, "After Al Fajr (dawn) prayer, we wore new clothes, which was a traditional Omani dishdasha and ghutrah (rounded turban).
He tells the martial arts experts that in the training they use knives, shoes and agals (the black cord that keeps the ghutrah in place in traditional Emirati clothing).
There also exist male head coverings that serve different social and religious functions in Muslim societies, such as the well-known kaffieh or kaffiya (headscarf), the similar ghutrah, the turban, and, in earlier periods, the fez and tarboosh.
"When I was 15, my goal was to be like my dad: in an office, with a briefcase, wearing a ghutrah and agal, driving a four-wheel drive.