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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.]


(kɛˈfiːjə) ,




(Clothing & Fashion) a cotton headdress worn by Arabs
[C19: from Arabic, perhaps from Late Latin cofea coif]
kufiyyapalestinapañuelo palestino
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A second grant from the NHMF of PS35,000 has helped the museum save Arab robes and headdress, known as a kaffiyah, belonging to Lawrence.
GWYNEDD-BORN Lawrence of Arabia's dagger, robes and kaffiyah have been saved for the nation after funding totalling PS113,400 was secured.
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The scarf, known as "Kaffiyah" by Palestinians and "Shumagh" by Saudis, is the easiest recognizable symbol of the Palestinian nation.
In 2006, Shimon Ben-Chaim, a 35-year-old Jew, threw a pig's head wrapped in a kaffiyah (Palestinian scarf) into the mosque compound, sparking a wave of protests.
The Kaffiyah, their symbol coved their face, protecting them from the gas and from the cameras which are used so as to collect evidence for the man hunters who at night break down doors to homes.
Some 100 Arab and Jewish students held opposing demonstrations on Wednesday at Haifa University as Arab students gathered to mark the newly christened "Kaffiyah Day." A scuffle between the two groups was avoided only after campus security guards intervened.
Cairo: Donning Palestinian headgear, popularly known as the kaffiyah, Ahmad Shaaban, a dealer in fashion accessories in Cairo's famed bazaar - Khan Al Khalili - is seeing far busier trade than usual.
The brawl erupted after Bnei Sakhnin fans in violation of police orders smuggled Palestinian flags into the stadium and sported kaffiyahs, the chequered Palestinian scarf.
Some protestors held posters depicting Bush, Olmert and President Shimon Pe= res wearing kaffiyahs (Muslim headdress), with the words "terror abettors" = written on them.
Iraqi forces dressed as civilians with blue or red kaffiyahs wrapped around their heads and faces could be seen scrambling between buildings, trying to sneak up on the US troops.