Glossary: K

Kirpan

One of the five articles of faith which Sikhs wear at all times which are the physical symbols of Sikhism – this is an iron/steel sword/dagger.

Kippah/Yarmulke

A kippah or yarmulke is a brimless cap, usually made of cloth, worn by Jewish people. In traditional, Orthodox Jewish communities they must be worn by men at all times (except when bathing and sleeping).

Khimar

A long, cape-like veil that hangs down to just above the waist, often worn by Muslim women. It covers the hair, neck and shoulders completely, but leaves the face clear.

Kesh

One of the five articles of faith which Sikhs wear at all times which are the physical symbols of Sikhism – this is uncut hair.

Kara

One of the five articles of faith which Sikhs wear at all times which are the physical symbols of Sikhism – this is an iron/steel bracelet.

Kangha

One of the five articles of faith which Sikhs wear at all times which are the physical symbols of Sikhism – this is a wooden comb.

Kachera

Short trousers traditionally worn by Sikhs as a symbol of their religious and cultural loyalty.