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How to tie a turban for prayer (instructions for Yemeni style)
A khaffiya, ghutra, shumagh, or plain cap of heavy cloth is worn to prevent hair from showing. A turban for Islamic prayer may be worn over a small crochet or material cap called a kufi.
**Confusingly, the term keffiyah in Saudi Arabia refers to the small white cap, called a kufi in most of central Asia, worn under the hatta.
 
1.  Start with one end of the turban about six inches below the base of the neck; this is going to be the tail which one sees on some period turbans.
2.  From there, the turban passes over the head to just above the forehead and then you start winding it. A single wind is a clockwise circle tilted somewhat from the horizontal.
3.  As you wind the turban, the circle grows; the low point moves around the head by about 90 degrees each wind. So if the first time around the low point is under the right ear then the next time it is at the back of the head, then left ear.
4.  As you go, you can let the tilt increase, since the bottom of the circle will anchor itself below the bulge of cloth already there.
5.  When you are down to a small peice or so, make a horizontal circle around the whole thing and tuck the end in. The result is the horizontal band.

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