Topshop has come under fire for posting a "festival-ready" playsuit that appeared to have similarities to the Palestinian keffiyeh scarf.
The fashion retailer pulled the clothing item after people accused it of "cultural appropriation."
Here it is, from a cached version of the site:
Palestinian and pro-Palestinian tweeps were pretty upset:
— Ramin Namvari (@raminnam) April 5, 2017
It's not 'only' a piece of keffiyeh. Learn on how many tears and blood shed by this symbol of resistance. Not cool, Topshop. https://t.co/n1eknDNjgU
— A.R. Widyaningrum (@AuliaReski_) April 5, 2017
— Zab Mustefa (@ZabMustefa) April 4, 2017
— Dena Takruri (@Dena) April 4, 2017
"Nope. Topshop NOPE. This is a Palestinian keffiyeh, NOT a 'scarf playsuit.'" https://t.co/R4UnBLmvRm TeenVogue
— ฺBoomsim (@CatBoomsim) April 6, 2017
.@Topshop I personally see no problem with people from all walks of life and cultures wearing the keffiyeh as a scarf - but a "playsuit" is just wrong
— Elias Jahshan (@Elias_Jahshan) April 5, 2017
The keffiyeh is a traditional Middle Eastern squared headdress which can come in different colours.
The black and white model has become a symbol of Palestinian resistance and armed struggle in the 1960s after Yasser Arafat adopted it.
It later became a fashion item which could be purchased in several boutiques in the U.S. and even at mainstream retailers.
In 2007, Urban Outfitters, which was selling the scarves in several colours as "anti-war woven" pieces, pulled them from stores after it caused a controversy.
After the backlash, Topshop pulled the item from the website.
“Topshop is in the process of removing this style from sale," a spokesperson said.