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5 most beautiful traditional headgear scarves around the world


Africa Dhuku

The dhuku significance is much more than just a part of cloth around the head. This separate material head covering has been called variously ‘head rag’, ‘head-tie’, ‘head handkerchief’, ‘turban’, or ‘head-wrap’. The head-wrap typically totally wraps the hair, being held in place by tying the ends into knots close to the head. As a form of attire in Zimbabwe, the head-wrap has been special to women of African descent.


Russia Kokoshnik

Kokoshnik is commonly a high, nimbus and crown shaped headdress which is tied at the back side of the head with extended broad ribbons in a large stoop. The top part sometime overstated with ornaments, gold work and straightforward designs, generally using plant and flowers. The front lower area is normally tinted with costly pearls giving it a royal look.


South America ñañaqas ,Wincha & Macaw Feather Headdress

Feathered headdresses or porcupine quill headdresses are still worn by most Amazonian groups for festivals. Some females wore headbands known by wincha, their Spanish name, and some upper-class women wore ñañaqas, a type of head cloth. This is a headdress made from the tail feathers of the Scarlet macaw (Ara macao), and probably blue-and-yellow macaw feathers. Amongst the Achuar-Shiwiar of Ecuador and Peru, there were two types of headdress: a simple crown, and a more elaborate version with projecting feathers.


Ukrain Vinok Wreath

The flowers used to make the wreath were generally fresh, paper or waxen and were attached onto a band of stiff paper backing covered with a ribbon. Young, unmarried women wear special headdress to demonstrate their “purity” and marital eligibility. This very beautifully made from flowers. It is considered as national identity of Ukrainian people. In current political turmoil it is less frequently used.

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France Coiffe

Originated in Brittany, North-west of France, Coiffe is exceptionally different headdress design. Coiffe design is different for unmarried, married lady and widow. Coiffe differ in dimension and intricacy, from small pieces of lace worn over a bun, to complicated, very tall formations with flowing ribbons, they are of white colour and mostly are made of lace. These days no one wears coiffe in everyday life any longer however in festivals the Breton women still wear coiffe.



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