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Headscarf Collection

"Exploring the Cultural Significance of the Headscarf: A Journey Through Time" From paying a visit in 1915 to witnessing historical moments such as St

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Colliery Lasses (colour photo)

Colliery Lasses (colour photo)
3103953 Colliery Lasses (colour photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Colliery Lasses)

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Paying a Visit, 1915, (1939). Creator: Abram Arkhipov

Paying a Visit, 1915, (1939). Creator: Abram Arkhipov
Paying a Visit, 1915, (1939). A group of village women in brightly-coloured clothes and scarves, chatting in a sunlit room

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: ST. BERNADETTE OF LOURDES (1844-1879). Nee Marie-Bernarde Soubirous

ST. BERNADETTE OF LOURDES (1844-1879). Nee Marie-Bernarde Soubirous. French peasant girl who had visions of the Virgin Mary

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Muslim woman kneeling on prayer mat saying prayers, Jordan, Middle East

Muslim woman kneeling on prayer mat saying prayers, Jordan, Middle East

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Female ICI employees enjoy a dance, South Yorkshire, 1957. Artist: Michael Walters

Female ICI employees enjoy a dance, South Yorkshire, 1957. Artist: Michael Walters
Female ICI employees enjoy a dance, South Yorkshire, 1957. A couple of girls from the ICI Detonator factory in Denaby Main (near Doncaster)

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: St. Augustine and his mother St. Monica, 1855 (oil on canvas)

St. Augustine and his mother St. Monica, 1855 (oil on canvas)
XIR903333 St. Augustine and his mother St. Monica, 1855 (oil on canvas) by Scheffer, Ary (1795-1858); 146.5x114.5 cm; Louvre, Paris, France; (add.info.: Saint Augustin et sa mAeAšre sainte Monique)

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: The Girl He Left Behind Is Still Behind Him. American World War II recruitment poster for women

The Girl He Left Behind Is Still Behind Him. American World War II recruitment poster for women ordnance workers
WORLD WAR II POSTER. The Girl He Left Behind Is Still Behind Him. American World War II recruitment poster for women ordnance workers

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Mary Quant Ginger Group dresses in Liberty print, 1964

Mary Quant Ginger Group dresses in Liberty print, 1964
Traditional Libert print used for a new-old look in Mary Quants Ginger Group collection. Fashioned in demure covered-up little dresses with pique collars and cuffs

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Brotherly Affection; Affetto fraterno, c. 1900 (oil on canvas)

Brotherly Affection; Affetto fraterno, c. 1900 (oil on canvas)
1197530 Brotherly Affection; Affetto fraterno, c. 1900 (oil on canvas) by Chierici, Gaetano (1838-1920); 33x42 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; Italian, out of copyright

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Mrs Mounter at the Breakfast Table, 1916-17. Artist: Harold Gilman

Mrs Mounter at the Breakfast Table, 1916-17. Artist: Harold Gilman
Mrs Mounter at the Breakfast Table, 1916?7. Painting held in the Tate, London. From The Studio Volume 99. [London Offices of the Studio, London, 1930]

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Mount Lebanese man wearing turban, cloak, carrying a spear

Mount Lebanese man wearing turban, cloak, carrying a spear.. Handcolored woodcut from Auguste Wahlens Manners, Customs and Costumes of all the People of the World, Brussels, 1845

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Basque woman riding a donkey

Basque woman riding a donkey
Basque peasant woman (from the far south of France) riding sidesaddle on a donkey. She carries an absolutely superb wicker basket. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Standing African woman in traditional Somalian clothing pounding grain in a clay pot using a

Standing African woman in traditional Somalian clothing pounding grain in a clay pot using a stick, front view

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: THE BAMBOULA, 1885. Drawing, 1885, by Edward Windsor Kemble

THE BAMBOULA, 1885. Drawing, 1885, by Edward Windsor Kemble

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: A Romany gypsy woman smoking her pipe at the Epsom Races. Late 1940s, early 1950s

A Romany gypsy woman smoking her pipe at the Epsom Races. Late 1940s, early 1950s

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Potato harvest, Rafta Farm, St Levan, Cornwall

Potato harvest, Rafta Farm, St Levan, Cornwall
Mother and daughter (Pamela and Sandra Semmens) working on the potato harvest at Rafta Farm, St Levan, near Lands End, Cornwall. Date: 1970s

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: The Jewel Box, (pencil and watercolour on paper)

The Jewel Box, (pencil and watercolour on paper)
823500 The Jewel Box, (pencil and watercolour on paper) by Simonetti, Ettore (19th century); 75.5x53.3 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Jewel Box. Ettore Simonetti (1857-1909)

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Naomi and Ruth, 1887 (oil on canvas)

Naomi and Ruth, 1887 (oil on canvas)
1199590 Naomi and Ruth, 1887 (oil on canvas) by Morgan, Evelyn De (1855-1919); 94x59.7 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: The Fortune Teller, 1899 (oil on canvas)

The Fortune Teller, 1899 (oil on canvas)
989688 The Fortune Teller, 1899 (oil on canvas) by Wontner, William Clark (1857-1930); 81.9x67.9 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Fortune Teller. William Clarke Wontner (1857-1930)

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Clothing Misc. 30s fashion, Donna Dillingham. March 1986 P006288

Clothing Misc. 30s fashion, Donna Dillingham. March 1986 P006288

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Woman! Learn your letters!, 1923. Artist: Elizaveta Sergeevna Kruglikova

Woman! Learn your letters!, 1923. Artist: Elizaveta Sergeevna Kruglikova
Woman! Learn your letters!, 1923

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Marie Louise, former Empress of France

Marie Louise, former Empress of France
Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma, Empress of France from 1810 to 1814 as the second wife of Napoleon (1791-1847). circa 1810s

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: The Duke and Duchess of York - Durham Colliery visit

The Duke and Duchess of York - Durham Colliery visit
The Duke and Duchess of York (Later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) - visiting a Durham Colliery on 29th July 1936 - most likely the Glamis Pit at Kibblesworth Colliery

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Illustration of woman wearing headscarf and bindi on her forehead

Illustration of woman wearing headscarf and bindi on her forehead

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: BLACK JEWS IN HARLEM, 1929. Photographed in 1929

BLACK JEWS IN HARLEM, 1929. Photographed in 1929

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Chinook Basket Maker - British Columbia, Canada

Chinook Basket Maker - British Columbia, Canada. The use of the word Kloochman on this postcard is an example of chinook jargon, meaning Wife. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Woman and Child (Silence), 1855 / 60. Creator: Jean Francois Millet

Woman and Child (Silence), 1855 / 60. Creator: Jean Francois Millet
Woman and Child (Silence), 1855/60

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: View from Gvarv in Telemark, 1883 (oil on canvas)

View from Gvarv in Telemark, 1883 (oil on canvas)
OVR322857 View from Gvarv in Telemark, 1883 (oil on canvas) by Werenskiold, Erik Theodor (1855-1938); 80x98 cm; Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo, Norway; (add.info.: Fra Telemark; ); Norwegian

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Nubian Girl (hand-painted terracotta)

Nubian Girl (hand-painted terracotta)
Ma200886 Nubian Girl (hand-painted terracotta) by Goldscheider, Friedrich (1845-97); Private Collection; Photo eThe Ms Gallery, London; German, out of copyright

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Group of 17 Bedouin women and children, c. 1867-98 (b / w photo)

Group of 17 Bedouin women and children, c. 1867-98 (b / w photo)
PEF446200 Group of 17 Bedouin women and children, c.1867-98 (b/w photo) by Bonfils Studio (19th century); Palestine Exploration Fund, London, UK; ePalestine Exploration Fund; French, out of copyright

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: The Flower Girl, 1665-70. Artist: Bartolome Esteban Murillo

The Flower Girl, 1665-70. Artist: Bartolome Esteban Murillo
The Flower Girl, 1665-70. Painting held at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. From A History of Painting, Volume III by Haldane MacFall [T. C. and E. C. Jack, London & Edinburgh, 1911]

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: The Skid, illustration from the magazine Le De Dion-Bouton, 1909

The Skid, illustration from the magazine Le De Dion-Bouton, 1909. De Dion-Bouton was a French automobile manufacturer operating from 1883 to 1932

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Queen Elizabeth II with one of her corgi dogs. After taking a break in Balmoral

Queen Elizabeth II with one of her corgi dogs. After taking a break in Balmoral, she is seen leaving Aberdeen to head back to Heathrow. 29th May 1984

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Woman from Kayan tribe wearing traditional brass neck rings, near Loikaw District

Woman from Kayan tribe wearing traditional brass neck rings, near Loikaw District, Kayah State, Myanmar

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Close-up portrait of senior Kayan woman wearing traditional brass neck rings

Close-up portrait of senior Kayan woman wearing traditional brass neck rings, near Loikaw District, Kayah State, Myanmar

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Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Saint Elisabeth with Duke George of Saxony as Donor (Interior left wing), 1514

Saint Elisabeth with Duke George of Saxony as Donor (Interior left wing), 1514. Creator: Lucas Cranach the Elder
Saint Elisabeth with Duke George of Saxony as Donor (Interior left wing), 1514.

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Madonna, 1900. Creator: Anders Leonard Zorn

Madonna, 1900. Creator: Anders Leonard Zorn
Madonna, 1900. A young Swedish woman holds her baby up close in a heartwarming scene. A glow seems to come from the baby. Only the mother can see their face.

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Young Girl Guarding Her Sheep, c1860-62. Creator: Jean Francois Millet

Young Girl Guarding Her Sheep, c1860-62. Creator: Jean Francois Millet
Young Girl Guarding Her Sheep, c1860-62. The girl has brought her knitting to help pass the long hours, leaving the task of watching over the flock to her dog

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: The Knitting Lesson, c1860. Creator: Jean Francois Millet

The Knitting Lesson, c1860. Creator: Jean Francois Millet
The Knitting Lesson, c1860.

Background imageHeadscarf Collection: Bust of a peasant, c.1650-52. Creator: Adriaen van Ostade

Bust of a peasant, c.1650-52. Creator: Adriaen van Ostade
Bust of a peasant, c.1650-52.



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"Exploring the Cultural Significance of the Headscarf: A Journey Through Time" From paying a visit in 1915 to witnessing historical moments such as St. Bernadette of Lourdes and St. Augustine with his mother, the headscarf has been an enduring symbol throughout history and has witnessed women's empowerment during World War II through recruitment posters like "The Girl He Left Behind Is Still Behind Him. " Even female ICI employees enjoyed moments of joy and freedom while wearing their headscarves at a dance in South Yorkshire in 1957. In the realm of fashion, the headscarf took on new dimensions with Mary Quant Ginger Group dresses adorned with Liberty prints in 1964. Meanwhile, Mrs Mounter at the Breakfast Table captured a moment frozen in time, showcasing how this accessory was part of everyday life back in 1916-17. Beyond borders, cultures embraced this versatile garment as well. From a mount Lebanese man donning a turban and cloak while carrying a spear to an African woman pounding grain using traditional Somali clothing and accessories – these images highlight its significance across continents. Even within subcultures like Romany gypsies, we find evidence of headscarves playing an integral role; one photograph from the late 1940s or early 1950s shows a woman smoking her pipe at Epsom Races. Lastly, let us not forget Donna Dillingham's captivating image from March 1986 that showcases how even amidst evolving fashion trends, there is always room for nostalgia inspired by '30s fashion. Through these glimpses into history and diverse cultures worldwide, it becomes evident that the headscarf transcends time and place – forever woven into our collective human story.