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The Doppa: Symbol of Turkic Identity & East Turkistani Resistance

The Doppa is a hat that has been worn by Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan and the whole of Central Asia for thousands of years. It was largely worn by all Turkic peoples across the world from the Uyghurs in East Turkistan to the Seljulks in Anatolia.

With over 250 different types of doppas, each different doppas represent and symbolize different parts and regions of East Turkistan and Central Asia. The doppa is seen as symbol of an a people’s national identity, especially among the Uyghurs of East Turkistan.

Over the past few years, the doppa has been banned across various parts of public life with China’s wholesale attack on the Turkic identity and very existence of the Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, and Tatars in East Turkistan.

Today, we celebrate the International Doppa Day (May 5th) by encouraging members of the East Turkistani / Uyghur communities across the world and their supporters to wear the doppa and show solidarity to East Turkistan.

Given that the doppa is seen as a symbol of one’s national identity, ETNAM’s founder, Salih Hudayar, has always worn a doppa every ever since the founding of ETNAM in 2017. He encourages Uyghurs and other East Turkistanis across the globe, especially those in the diaspora to wear the doppa on a daily basis as a symbol of resistance to China’s attempt to eradicate our nation. ETNAM encourages friends of East Turkistan and the Uyghurs to wear the doppa in solidarity with East Turkistan and its people.