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The Fez

Updated on September 11, 2015

The Fez, or tarboosh, a brimless cap, usually a red felt truncated cone bearing a tassel. Traditionally work by Muslim and other men in North Africa and the Middle East, it was the Turkish national headdress until it was abolished there in 1925.

The Fez was named after the province of Fes, Morocco (also known as Fas and Fez), one of the four traditional capitals of Morocco which controlled the dye that was used in coloring it.

Until the late 19th century Fes was the sole manufacturer of the fez, the brimless, cylindrical, red felt hat worn by male Turks, for which the crimson dye was once obtained from a local berry also used in preparing Morocco leather.

Do It Yourself Decadence

Look the part of a wealthy and relaxed officer or gentleman with smoking jacket, pipe and red fez.

Or let out the raging Irish alcoholic within and go the green fez!

The fez is a great way to let the world know just how much of a well-to-do aristocrat you are.

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      dusanotes 8 years ago from Windermere, FL

      An interesting Hub. Two of our sons had a Fez. They got it in a school play, I believe. They wear them in Turkey, but I also think other countries - Morocco? Thanks,for the memories. Don White

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Do get one. I have a feeling you'll look ... spiffing ;)

      And 'oh' at your challenge. I was hanging back thinking it was the 12th (for some reason). I have some ready so I'll go hit publish.

      Good to know you're back online :)

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      Glen 8 years ago from Australia

      I started on Tuesday this week. I start the meter from the moment I begin writing and editing. So I've had a few days of being able to work on it whilst not being connected to the internet. Back online now though.

      And I love the Fez. I must get one of my own. If only to write hubs whilst wearing it.

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Ahhhhh the Fez - made more famous in England by the late, great Tommy Cooper. A brilliant showman and entertainer. And is this and your other the start of your hubchallenge? I though it was the morrow?

      But then - aren't you a day ahead?!

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