SEATTLE, Washington My blog mugshot was a 2005 joke in Jordan. I did not realize it was au courant. Tres au courant.
I apologize wholeheartedly. Thirty-somethings have no business with fads, except to tut at them over a glass of pinot noir.
The horrible moment of discovery: while reporting on a Wadi Rum electronica festival, I joked the keffiyeh was the next hot rave accessory. But it turns out they already are. No wonder young Andy was wearing one at the branch library ...
This link provokes the most sniggers. But The Village Voice analysed the issue more coherently, way back in 2005 when us ahem trendsetters donned the Middle Eastern garb: "They've been around since the 1970's ... and last year TopShop and Urban Outfitters began stocking and promoting the scarves, causing a backlash that forced the stores to pull the items. Ironically, considering the item's contentious message, Urban Outfitters titled the product Antiwar Woven Scarf'."
Nina Lalli's piece continued: "Pro-Palestinian activists usually drape them loosely over their shoulders, as was recently seen at antiwar protests. World-music types bunch them to make a regular, long scarf, as girls did in the '80s. And the hippest kids fold the square in half to make a triangle and gather it around the neck, center point-down over their chests. This is similar to the way U.S. and British troops wear the scarves in Iraq and Afghanistanto protect the face in sandstorms. (In that context, the keffiyeh is called a shemagh.) It may be no different in spirit from wearing camouflage, but it's certainly more likely to raise eyebrows."