Time of the turban: Headgear has different meanings for different cultures

These are turbulent times for turbans, with terrorists and the Taliban giving them a negative connotation. But that has not always been the case. Jan Vermeer's famous painting, "Girl With a Pearl Earring," could just as easily have been titled "Girl in a Blue Turban." Her magnificent headdress went on to become a Hollywood staple favored by style icons including Hedy Lamarr, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor and Gloria Swanson. Turbans are traditionally worn by men, but no one is certain when the first length of cloth was fashioned into headgear.

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