A silk-like material worn around the head of black males as a fashion statement. It wraps around the skull, with a small flap hanging down in the rear, over the neck.
Du-rags originated in prisons in the 1970's, to try and simulate the long hair of a (male)female inmate, so the (male) males, could easily tell them apart. It was originally
black, but many colors are in use today.
in most prisons of today,
moved into main
stream black fashion, and the use no longer
signifies any sexual connotations. Court cases in New York City have
supported the use of du-rags at work, when employers complained
that it was not "appropriate". Black men have
even been seen in a business suit, coming from
work, wearing a du-rag. Bald Black men (with no braids) also wear du-rags. A du-rag, under a baseball cap, it also gaining popularity.
The word derivation
is "Hairdoo rag"