1894E. GlanvilleFair Colonist 89A fat, black cook, with a coloured dook about her head, made a sudden swoop upon the dog with a shrill cry of ‘voetsack’.
1927D. FairbridgeLett. from Cape by Lady Duff-Gordon 50They were scandalized at the uncovered head of the pretty, graceful Malay girls, and..they sailed away leaving every woman’s head covered with a ‘dook’ — a brilliant silk handkerchief, preferably orange or magenta, folded with consumate care over a framework which rests on the head.
1941M.G. GilbertInformant, Cape Town 2 Dec. 4I washed my hair after breakfast..so I had to put a doek on, & went like that.
1948O. WalkerKaffirs Are Lively 76Several tall Herero women of fine bearing..distinguished by their bright yellow-and-red silk turbans, or doeks.
1954P. AbrahamsTell Freedom 59Common to all the women, African and Coloured, was the doek. This was the kerchief they wore over their heads. It was an institution...It was usually white, and always spotlessly clean. It was tied so that it covered all the hair.
1962M. Brandel-SyrierBlack Woman 27It is these women, the full-bosomed, aproned matrons of our townships with their doeks tightly framing their strong-boned faces, who come together every Thursday in their Manyanos.
1971Post 24 Oct. 33 (advt)Plain doeks R2.40 a doz. Plain Nylon doeks Extra large R2.70 a doz. And printed Rayon doeks R3.25 a doz.
1973P.A. WhitneyBlue Fire 53The cook, a small, brown-skinned woman with a doek about her head — the white kerchief draped in the special manner of South Africa — came in to ask about lunch.
1985M. Tlali inFair Lady 26 June 105Those who had spare doeks passed them over to her to make slings to support broken or swollen arms.
1990J. NaidooCoolie Location 91A hardy African woman, with her doek-covered head, looking dashed and defiant.
1992S. Gutknecht inSunday Times 19 Apr. (Mag. Sect.) 28That scarf-thing women wear over the heads, the doek.