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A band or series of cords used to hold a keffiyeh in place on the head.

[Colloquial Arabic , from Arabic 'iqāl, cord for hobbling a camel, agal, from 'aqala, to confine, hobble; see ʕql in Semitic roots.]
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Noun1.agal - a cord (usually of goat's hair) that Arabs (especially Bedouins) wind around their heads to hold down the kaffiyehagal - a cord (usually of goat's hair) that Arabs (especially Bedouins) wind around their heads to hold down the kaffiyeh
cord - a line made of twisted fibers or threads; "the bundle was tied with a cord"
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Keen to continue paying tribute to Emirati influences that shaped his designs and sensibilities, Shafar's deep passion for merging aesthetics in his contemporary designs enabled him to come up with 14 iconic interior pieces using agals juxtaposed with Venetian engravings.
His range of interior products incorporating agals now range from lamps, chandeliers to space dividers and monumental mirrors and screens.
"In this collection, the agals were integrated in the design process from the start and juxtaposed with glass, mirrored surfaces or natural stone that have been custom engraved by Arte Veneziana, which specialises in handmade techniques," Shafar explained.
Police and barangay officials remained clueless as to the motive for the crime, specially so because the Agals were described as "poor but peaceful people any record of having had any enemies."
The Agals had recently relocated from Barangay Kayaga off Kabana and Ugalingan towns.
In "Majority of One (White)," a number of white kaffiyehs and agals flood the photo.
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).
"In Dubai, especially Satwa, is very dangerous," he says, as a handful of youths from different ethnic backgrounds train with agals.
They didn't mind my naivete about some of their customs, as the men were willing to answer any questions about both "nitty gritty" things such as the length of their thobes, the color of their ghutras, and the reason that their agals were black.
The Beduin were stunning--flowing robes in black and brown and cream, with flashes of red, agals like crowns.
I had bought the band gifts consisting of Gotras, Agals and Gahfiyas, the Arabic head dress.
He seemed intrigued by the Agal (black ring part of the head dress); I explained it was originally used as a camel hobble.