The pop-up exhibition of the Museum of Ethnography entitled They Tie the Knot (free translation) introduces visitors to the traditions of wearing headscarves in Hungarian, Jewish, and Muslim cultures.
In addition to its concealing and protective function, the headscarf has become a multi-layered symbol of women’s identity, social status, and rights over the centuries. It is a garment that can be worn as a voluntary sign of accepting or emphasizing one’s belonging to a community, or as the result of a mandatory rule. However, the scarf often has surprisingly similar meanings in various cultures. It can express adherence to a particular cultural or religious community, it can signify age, or it can be a means of identifying individual or social status.
In addition to the Museum of Ethnography’s object and photographic archives, the exhibition includes a poem by Sándor Weöres and a video installation by Luca Oberfrank.
Photos: László Incze
Cover Image: From the collection of the Museum of Ethnography