kopdoek, noun

AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, kop head + doek cloth, scarf.
doek sense 2. Also kopdoekie [see -ie].
1908 Rand Daily Mail 11 Sept. 7They adopted a most attractive dress; a kop doek (each gang with a distinctive colour), low-necked blouse, [etc.].
1911 State Dec. 642He deposited his shapeless hat on the floor, tapped his red kopdoek with a clawlike forefinger, and waited for an inspiration.
1914 L.H. Brinkman Breath of Karroo 32He..undid his ‘kopdoek,’ and took from it a number of very small bundles each tied in a little rag, and handed the doek to Tante Let.
1946 L.G. Green So Few Are Free 60Their daily life is bound up with the church which has fathered them. They are as old fashioned as the kopdoeks worn by the women.
1952 L.G. Green Lords of Last Frontier 149Frau Bullik and her daughters all wore skin trousers such as the Bechuanas make...But even more remarkable were their kopdoeks, padded handkerchiefs worn round the head.
1953 U. Krige Dream & Desert 55In the vineyards coloured folk were working, the kopdoekies of the women bright flecks of colour against the dark earth.
1957 Cape Times (Weekend Mag.) 6 Apr. 3The Swazis barter the bones for food and clothing..; half a monkey means a new kopdoek.
1974 S. Afr. Panorama Feb. 10In their bright blue-and-pink ‘kopdoeks’ (head scarves), they lend a colourful note to an already colourful scene.
1975 W. Steenkamp Land of Thirst King 76The older women wear their dresses conservatively long and still cling to the brightly-coloured ‘kopdoek’ (headcloth).
1987 S. Knott in Style Feb. 68Barend has on a brown Voortrekker vrou number with padded bosom and kopdoek.
doek2. Also kopdoekiesee -ie.
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