Modern wigs & hair pieces
In the West Asian and North African region, hairpieces or wigs made of leather, rope, animal or human hair are worn as a substitute or addition to a woman's hair style. On the images to the left some of these contemporary hair covers are shown.
The pieces are not intended to actually replace the hair in such a way that it is indistinguishable from the woman's original hair, it mostly only refers to hair as a head cover. Sometimes tassels are placed onto the head, referring to braids of a woman. Most of the time, into these wigs or hairpieces, silver beads or coins are threaded.
The top images here on this page, show leather wigs or Shabka headdresses from Oman (late C19 AD) in which silver beads and coins are threaded (now in Musée du Quai Branly).
Middle left shows a head cover made of textile and leather with elaborate silver ornaments and coins from the Arabian Peninsula (Yemen). The head cover is made in such a way that the reference is made to braids and hair. Center right shows two temple ornament from Afghanistan made of metal beads and tassels, and thread (now in the American Museum of Natural History).
A Mehdor headdress (second center row right) is shown from the Maghreb (Morocco) with braids hanging from the sides or the crown now in the Smithsonian. The braids are made of animal hair and fiber. The beads and shell tassels far left are from the Ababda from Egypt worn on the back of the head in the hair (private collection).
Below a leather brow ornament with beads from the Maghreb is shown. This is worn on the forehead of the women and is meant to resemble strings of hair decorated with stone beads.