Keffiyeh, kaffiyeh Syrian style

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The keffiyeh or kufiya (Arabic: كوفية‎ kūfiyyah, meaning “from the city of Kufa” (الكوفة); plural كوفيات kūfiyyāt), also known as a ghutrah (غُترَة), shemagh (شماغ šmāġ), ḥaṭṭah (حَطّة), mashadah (مَشَدة), chafiye (Persian: چَفیِه‎, dastmal yazdi (Persian: دستمال یزدی‎) or cemedanî (Kurdish: جه مه داني‎), is a traditional Middle Eastern headdress fashioned from a square scarf, usually made of cotton.
It is typically worn by Arab people, as well as by some Mizrahi Jews and Iranic nomads (especially Kurdish people).
It is commonly found in arid regions as it provides protection from sunburn, dust and sand. Its distinctive standard woven checkerboard pattern may have originated in an ancient Mesopotamian representation of either fishing nets or ears of grain, but the true origin of the pattern remains unknown.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keffiyeh

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Footage taken by the shores of Lake Assad, in Syria, 2008


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