Traditional Turkish bridal (but also, general festive) headgear with imitation-hair. (Biga district - south of Sea of Marmara). Ethnic group: Pomak, Muslim immigrants from Bulgaria who came at the end of century.
The headdress or 'money hat' (wuqayat al-darahem) was made in the 1840s and worn in the hills of southern Palestine in the 19th and early 20th centuries during wedding ceremonies, especially for the 'going out to the well' ceremony when the bride appeared in public as a married woman, for the first time. The headdress displayed the pride and status of the family and was passed down through generations. H. 60cm The British Museum collection.