Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 17:35:07 EST
From: CLAndrus CLAndrus[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: towelhead
About 10 years ago, many of the retail fabric stores in the fabric district
(W. 38-40th streets in NYC) began to change over to Indian and Bangladesh
immigrant ownership...many of the Indians were Sirds (Sikhs) who wear turbans.
As the ownership changed and the buying tastes of newer populations changed,
the types of fabrics changed...glitzier, lots of gold-thread stuff, wilder
prints, etc. Not much of the old "classic" stuff. So I began to hear some
women friends who used to shop there say they didn't go down there anymore
because all the fabrics were "towelhead taste." I haven't heard it used
lately because we have so many Sikhs now in NYC (loads of cabdrivers,
newsstand owners, etc.) that everyone knows the term "Sikh" now.