Keffiyeh

Although it is not completely related to the reading and its moral, “Money has no smell” triggered a connection between the treatment of the Kente cloth African caps in comparison to the Palestinian Keffiyeh. The Keffiyeh is a traditional Arabian headdress that is commonly used by peasants in Palestine. It was initially used by men protecting themselves from the sun and the sand blown by the wind against their faces in the desert. Then, in the 60’s, the Palestenian resistance movement popularized the Keffiyeh to a more international extent. This grew even more around the year 2000 when the Keffiyeh became a trend among various cultures. The scarf was initially used for political reasons internationally, to stand p for the movement going on in Palestine, but as the scarves production became mass produced, more and more customers buying it became less informed of its meaning, and more concerned with its look. It soon became a common accessory used by celebrities, rappers and “trendsetters”. The Keffiyeh was seen everywhere, as a scarf, not as a headdress. A variation of colors started hitting the market, every color imaginable. The origins of the colors were used to suggest certain political parties, through the use of red, white and black, now they are used in order for sells to double.

The reason I was mostly reminded of this specific trend was because of the Ghanian reproduction in China Town and the question commenting on whether the clients wondered about the authenticity of the kent cloth. The origins and meanings were lost in translation and the production and reproduction became more important, losing value in the meaning of the item and turning it into an object bare of importance. 

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