I love doing research. I have a sniveling, grotesquely ugly bad guy who has a variety of "people" on his team, including two women who are empathic sisters. Their brains can only work in unison with the other's.
I wanted them to be exotically beautiful, unusual, and mysterious. I began my search looking for women in headdresses, and this is what I found. I call them Veenoks, if you read below you will see why. (It was interesting to me how much these resemble patterns from Native American headdresses.)
In Ukraine, the vinok isn’t merely a pretty accessory: The meaning of the wreaths traces back to Ukraine’s early history when they were associated with virginity, marriage, and womanhood, and have continued to be, up until the early 20th century. These days, vinoks are sold almost everywhere in Kiev, even the gray, dilapidated Soviet spaceship-type bazaars on the outskirts of the city’s main center, where they sit alongside pale pigs heads, mounds of beef, fresh fish, fake Adidas tracksuits, neon puffer coats, and rows of pantyhose. Even at the metro stations, kiosks sell vinoks made with fake daffodils, roses, and yellow and red ribbons
More examples of veenoks