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The keffiyeh or kufiya ; plural كوفيات kūfiyyāt), also known as a ghutrah , shemagh , ḥaṭṭah , mashadah , chafiye or cemedanî , is a traditional Middle Eastern headdress fashioned from a square scarf, usually made of cotton.It is typically worn by Arabs, as well as Kurds.It is commonly found in arid regions as it provides protection from sunburn, dust and sand.Its distinctive standard woven checkered 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.

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