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Traditional headpieces from Ramallah (Palestine), ca. 1900. Such 'smadeh' is a horseshoe-shaped headpiece padded roll with a row of large silver coins attached, called saffe. The 'smadeh' was embroidered in cross-stitch and covered with a veil called 'khirkah'. A chin-chain is usually suspended from each side of the 'smadeh' with an ornamental coin hanging beneath the chin" (Palestine Heritage Foundation).