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Fez, Tarboosh, Hats

The origins of the fez, or "tarboosh" in Morocco, is not clear. The design may have come from ancient Greece or the Balkans. In the 19th Century it gained wide acceptance when the Ottoman rulers moved to modernize traditional costumes. The brimless hat did not get in the way of a Muslim's daily prayers and was cleaner and less cumbersome than the turban.

The name fez is believed to come from Fez, the city, which once produced the hat's red dye, made from crimson berries.

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