Kalpak

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Dervishes, by Vereshchagin
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk wearing a Turkish style Kalpak
A Kyrgyz Manaschi wears a Kalpak. White Kalpaks are often used for special occasions

Calpack, Calpac, Kalpac, Kalpak, or Qalpaq (from Turkish: kalpak [kaɫˈpak];[1] Kazakh: қалпақ, Bulgarian: калпак, Kyrgyz: калпак, both [qɑlpɑ́q]), Greek: Καλπάκι (Kalpaki); Ukrainian: ковпак, kovpak[a]) is a high-crowned cap (usually made of felt or sheepskin) worn by men in Turkey, the Balkans and throughout Central Asia and the Caucasus.

The kalpak is used to keep the head warm in winter and shade out the sun during summer. There are different kalpaks for different seasons, with kalpaks used in winter being thicker and the ones used in summer being thinner but broader for shading purposes.

There are many styles of kalpak. They usually can be folded flat for keeping or carrying when not being worn. The brim can be turned up all the way around. Sometimes there is a cut in the brim so that a two-pointed peak can be formed. Plain white ones are often reserved for festivals and special occasions. Those intended for everyday use may have a black velvet lining. In the Turkic cultures of central Asia, they have a sharp tapering to resemble a mountain, rather than the cyndrical kalpaks of Turkey.

The word "kalpak" is also a component of the ethnonym of a Turkic group of uncertain relatedness: the "Karakalpak" (literally "black kalpak" in Karakalpak).

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  1. ^ Polish phonetical adaptation

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  1. ^ "Merriam-Webster Online - Calpack entry". M-w.com. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2014-06-03.