Speaking of headscarves being traditional, it’s worth remembering that an old fashioned word in English for a woman’s head scarf is babushka. I don’t know if that word was ever common in the UK, but it was in the US when I was younger.


Babushka means grandmother in Russian and some other slavic languages. We named the scarves after the older, non-Muslim immigrant women who used to wear them.


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