The Southall Collection is a major collection of Palestinian Dress dating from 1900-1930. It includes garments and accessories worn by nomadic Bedouin people as well as men, women and children living in Ramallah and Bethlehem.
A woven cotton red and yellow striped head cloth known as a laffeh, with long plated tassels attached to the rolled hem at each end. This head cloth is a good example of what was worn by men as a turban around the end of the twentieth century. The turban or laffeh was usually made from Syrian fabrics, striped or sometimes checked in a range of different colours, and with a tasselled fringe on two edges. A plain white cloth was wrapped around the tarbush, a man's small felt hat, to protect the laffeh from sweat. Then the laffeh was wrapped around the tarbush leaving the crown exposed.