Headscarf

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Women's headscarves for sale in Jerusalem

Headscarves or head scarves are scarves covering most or all of the top of a woman's hair and her head,leaving face uncovered. Headscarves may be worn for a variety of purposes, such as for warmth, for sanitation, for fashion or social distinction; with religious significance, to hide baldness, out of modesty, or other forms of social convention.

In Russia,headscarves and veils are used by Christian women in the Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, Assyrian Church of the East, and Roman Catholic Church. Few years back, all women in Russia who attended church for Mass wore head-coverings. A women having her head covered means that she honors the Lord. Head-coverings also symbolizes that a women is married and that her husband is the head of the family. Little girls also have their heads covered when they go to Mass at church, not because they are married but because they honor the Lord. In 1 Corinthians 11:16 says "If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head." Today young Russian orthodox women and little girls still have their heads covered when going to church, but with a different type of headscarf:Mantilla, which is a silk or lace scarf. Nowadays only woman of older age (grandmothers) wear full head coverings.Some English speakers use the word "babushka" (the word for 'grandma' in Russian: About this sound бaбушка ) to indicate the headscarf tied below the chin, as commonly worn in Europe, especially by elderly women in Russia. In many parts of Europe and the Balkan region, headscarves are used mainly[citation needed] by elderly women and this led to the use of the term "babushka", a Slavic word meaning 'grandmother'. In Chile, Mapuche women wear headscarves tied behind the head.

A plain red or scarlet headscarf was worn by female commissars and other women aligning themselves with Bolshevism in times of Russian revolution and civil war.

Some types of head coverings that Russian women wear are: circlet, veil, and wimple.

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Headscarves may have specific religious significance. Observant married Jewish women, for example, are required to cover their hair, often employing scarves, known as tichels or snoods, in compliance with the code of modesty known as tzniut. These head-coverings come in different shapes and sizes. Tichel is a veil where it covers all the hair and towards the back of the head the left over veil is made into a bun. Snoods and tzniut is almost the same style: they are worn more like a hat.


16th century veil and wimple.
Elizabeth II wearing babushka-type headscarf at a meeting with Ronald Reagan, 1982.

Headscarves and veils are commonly used by observant Muslim women, and required by law for women in certain Muslim countries (Saudi Arabia for example). The Muslim religious dress varies, and various cultures include burqa, chador, niqab, dupatta, or others. The Arabic word hijab, which refers to modest behaviour or dress in general, is often used to describe the headscarf worn by Muslim women. Hijab also symbolizes that a Muslim women is married and that "she has been sanctified to one man and sets off-limits to all other man."


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