keffiyeh

(redirected from Kaffiye)

kef·fi·yeh

or kaf·fi·yeh (kə-fē′ə)
n.
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.]

keffiyeh

(kɛˈfiːjə) ,

kaffiyeh

or

kufiyah

n
(Clothing & Fashion) a cotton headdress worn by Arabs
[C19: from Arabic, perhaps from Late Latin cofea coif]
Translations
كوفية
kufiyyapalestinapañuelo palestino
keffiékeffieh
כאפיה
kefiah
arafatsjaal
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The people whom I would request to open their poor bundles--very politely, to be sure, with an apologetic smile, especially when it was a woman bringing her basket of green and purple figs to offer to passersby on a corner of King George or on the pedestrian mall of Ben Yehudah, sitting cross-legged, patiently, on the sidewalk, or a man wearing a kaffiye, his lined gray-stubbled face bespeaking grandfatherly status, like the one who mopped the corridors of the building that houses my laboratory--those people would look through me, past me, and if their eyes for a moment held mine it was with profound disdain, often with a flicker of hatred.