Artifact of the Week: Kufi

What is this kind of hat called?

Who wears them?

Where did it come from?



Answers:

What is this kind of hat called?

This style of hat is known as a kufi.

Who wears them?

The kufi is worn by people in many parts of Africa and South Asia. They are worn most often by men, but in some areas women wear them too, often depending on religious circumstances. The kufi often symbolizes wisdom and respect.

Where did it come from?

The kufi has been a traditional head covering in West Africa for centuries, and is believed by many to have originated there.



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