The Keffiyeh, a.k.a Shemagh, Ghutrah, Hattah, Kufiya, and many more…

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The keffiyeh or kufiya ( Arabic)  كوفية‎‎ kūfiyyah, meaning “from the city of Kufa” (الكوفة); plural كوفيات kūfiyyāt), also known as a ghutrah (غُترَة), shemagh (شماغ šmāġ), ḥaṭṭah (حَطّة), mashadah (مَشَدة), chafiye (Persian : چَفیِه‎‎) or cemedanî (Kurdish: جه مه داني‎), is a traditional Middle Eastern headdress fashioned from a square scarf, usually made of cotton. It is typically worn by Arabs, Kurds, and some Jews.

It is commonly found in arid regions as it provides protection from sunburn, dust and sand. Its distinctive standard woven checkered pattern may have originated in an ancient Mesopotamian representation of either fishing nets or ears of grain, but the true origin of the pattern remains unknown.

Toward the end of the 1980s, the keffiyeh became a fashion accessory in the USA and, during the 2000s, it became very popular among adolescents in Tokyo, where it was often worn with camouflage -style clothing.


Many Palestinian keffiyehs are a mix of cotton and wool, which facilitates quick drying and, when desired, keeping the wearer’s head warm. It is usually folded in half (into a triangle) and the fold worn across the forehead. Often, the keffiyeh is held in place by a circlet of rope called an agal (Arabic: عقال‎‎, ʿiqāl). Some wearers wrap the headgear into a turban, while others wear it loosely draped around the back and shoulders. A taqiyah is sometimes worn underneath the keffiyeh; in the past, it has also been wrapped around the rim of a fez. The keffiyeh is almost always of white cotton cloth, but many have a checkered pattern in red or black stitched into them. The plain white keffiyeh is most popular in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf – in Kuwait and Bahrain, to the exclusion of almost any other style. The keffiyeh is worn by men of all ages, whether on the head or around the shoulders.

In Jordan, the red-and-white keffiyeh is strongly associated with the country and its heritage, where it is known as the shemagh mhadab. The Jordanian version has decorative cotton or wool tassels on the sides; the bigger these tassels, the greater the garment’s supposed value and the status of the person wearing it. It has long been worn by Bedouins and villagers and used as a symbol of honor and/or tribal identification. The tasseled red-and-white Jordanian shemagh is much thicker than the untasseled red-and-white shemagh seen in Persian Gulf countries.

In Yemen, the keffiyeh is used extensively in both red-white and black-white pattern and in some traditional Yemeni designs and colours. Before the 1950s, multi-colored tribal shemagh were used widely; nowadays, these are mostly worn only in Yemen and Oman, while the black/white, red/white or pure-white styles have come to dominate in the countries of the Persian Gulf and Levant. The shemagh is part of an ancient Middle Eastern headgear tradition.

In Malaysia, the keffiyeh has been worn by Muslim women as one of hijab fashion and during Palestinian struggle against Israel that has caught the attention of international media, many Malaysians wore it to show solidarity action for Palestine.

The keffiyeh, especially the all-white keffiyeh, is also known as the ghutrah. This is particularly common in the Arabian Peninsula, where the (optional) skullcap is called a keffiyeh. The garment is also known in some areas as the ḥaṭṭah. Roughly speaking:

Ordinary keffiyeh

A piece of white/orange/black cloth made from wool and cotton, worn primarily by Palestinians.

Shemagh

A piece of cloth, usually made of cotton or flax and decorated with many colors, but usually red and white; worn primarily by Saudi Arabians and Jordanians.

Ghutrah

A piece of white cloth made of cotton mild, worn in western Iraq and by the Arabs of the Persian Gulf states.

For a video on how to tie a keffiyeh, click HERE.

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It is worn by inhabitants of North Africa and Egypt.

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Upgrade your scarf collection with this Veronz Military Tactical Shemagh Scarf! This Middle Eastern style scarf is made from soft and breathable 100% cotton, perfect for protecting your head, face, eyes, and neck from the desert sun, wind, dust, and sand elements. You can even get it wet and wear it around your neck to help keep you cool on those hot summer days. It also works well as alternative winter headwear, particularly in areas with snow and strong winds.

Military Tactical Shemagh use

These Tactical Scarves Are Worn By Military Personnel Worldwide And Can Also Be Worn Around The Neck As A Scarf, And Lately Has Become A Popular Fashion Accessory. Styles of wearing the shemagh vary, but wrapping the scarf around the head and face provides optimal protection from the elements. Measurements approx. 42″x42″ with 1.5″ tassel.

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Most Palestinian keffiyehs are a mixture of cotton and wool, which allows quick drying and, when desired, keeping the user’s head warm. It is usually folded in half (into a triangle) and the fold is worn across the forehead. Often, the keffiyeh is held in place by a piece of rope called an agal. Some wearers make the headgear into a turban, while others wear it loosely draped around the back and shoulders. A taqiyah is sometimes worn underneath; in the past, it has even been wrapped around the rim of a fez. The keffiyeh is almost always of white cotton cloth, but a lot have a checkered pattern in red or black stitched in. The plain white keffiyeh is more popular in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf – in Kuwait and Bahrain. The keffiyeh is worn by men of all ages, whether on the head or around the shoulders.

Hirbawi Keffiyeh Royal Blue

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Hirbawi Keffiyeh in Royal Blue! Made in Palestine !!! At the Hirbawi Keffiyeh factory. Genuine Cotton Kufiya!!! High Quality !!! Size 1.25m x 1.25m Genuine Product. These scarves are made in Hirbawi factory in Hebron.  It is the last remaining Keffiya factory in Palestine This is the traditional Palestinian Kheffiya scarf, also known as Kufiya. or Kafiya.

History of the Hirbawi Keffiyeh

Reproduced from The Kufiyeh Project.

Historically, the black and white kufiyeh, or hatta, was the popular headdress of the peasants, thus also signifying lower social status and a rural background. In 1936, the peasants led the armed Palestinian resistance against British colonialism and its support of Zionism. In solidarity with the rebels, and to make it more difficult for the British to spot them, Palestinian townsmen started wearing the kufiyeh also.

In the 60’s, the scarf became emblematic of the nascent Palestinian national movement – it was the favored headwear of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and other symbols of the Palestinian resistance such as Leila Khaled.  Leftist parties used a red-and-white version to differentiate themselves within the wider nationalist movement.

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This is one scarf that is used all 4 seasons. They are very popular around the fashion world. If you would like to look with the latest fashion style, this is one scarf you must have. Get them now and look great, all your friends will ask you about it.

C4T Industries® Military Shemagh Tactical Arab Keffiyeh Coalition Desert Scarf Wrap – 100% Cotton – 42″ x 42″ Cloth Provides Head, Neck and Face Protection – Coyote / Black

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[Material] – 100% Cotton material for Tactical Wear or Fashion during all seasons of the year. [Size] – 42" x 42" (Inches) with Knotted Tassles | [Colors] Olive / Tan / Mocha / Brown / Gray / Black / Red and More. [Multiple Uses] Ideal for tactical games and hunting. Use our shemaghs on Paintball and Airsoft fields all over the United States and worldwide. [Protection] C4T Industries Desert Scarves provide ample coverage for your Face, Neck and Head during Skirmishes. Also used to shield you from the harsh sun on hot summer days. [Care Instructions] To retain the integrity and quality of our scarfs, we suggest hand washing and hang/line drying.

Rothco Crossed Rifles Shemagh Tactical Scarf, Coyote

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Rothco makes quality outdoor and sports gear for all types of situation. Whether you are in a combat intensive environment, or if you are a recreational user, Rothco will fit the lifestyle of many. Quality tested and Performance driven, use Rothco. Shemagh is also known as a hattah.

Zephyr Shemagh Tactical Desert Scarf – Olive / Black

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Zephyr Tactical Shemagh Tactical Desert Scarf Zephyr Tactical shemaghs are the perfect addition to your scenario gear. Protect your head and face from BB's and paint.

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Tenflyer Arab Hood White Authentic Arab Unisex Shemagh Fashion Head Scarves Hair Hood

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Colors: White & black
Material: Cotton
Unisex: Fits both Men and Women
Size: 45'' X 45'' – 110cm X 110cm

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1 x Head Scarves

Pro Force Camcon Shemagh, Olive/Black

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Fox Outdoor Products Tactical Shemagh, Sand/Tan

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The Tactical Shemagh provides head and neck protection from the sun and wind blown particles. Made of 100 percent cotton and colors may Vary slightly.

Mato & Hash Military Jumbo Shemagh Tactical Desert 100% Cotton Keffiyeh Scarf Wrap- Olive Drab

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The same great quality shemagh you come to expect from Mato & Hash now only in a Larger Size! The Mato & Hash multi-purpose 100% Cotton, Jumbo Multi-Tactical Arabian Keffiyeh Shemagh is ideal for all weather conditions. Great for keeping you cool on hot summer days, and will shield your head and neck from the sun, sand, and/or wind. The shemagh also keeps your face and hands dry. Used By Military Soldiers In Afghanistan, Iraq & Worldwide. Can Also Be Used As A Neck Warmer Or Hand Towel. Extremely Fashionable & Popular. A Keffiyeh Is Also Known As A Shmagh, Shemagh Or Yashmag, A Ghutra Or A Hatta, And Is A Traditional Headdress Of Arab Men, Made Of A Square Of Cloth ("Scarf"), Folded And Wrapped In Various Styles Around The Head. Works Well As Alternative Winter Headwear, Particularly In Areas With Snow And Strong Winds.

Rothco Gadsden Snake Shemagh Tactical Desert Scarf, Tan

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The Shemagh or kafiya is a traditional Middle Eastern head wrap thought to have been developed from the Arabic turban. Its primary purpose is to protect the wearer's head, face, eyes, and neck from the elements, including the sun, wind, dust, and sand. It can also be worn around the neck as a scarf, and lately has become popular with military personnel worldwide.

This Shemagh features the Gadsden snake.
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Rothco Skulls Shemagh – Tactical Desert Scarf, GREY/Black Size

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WOLMIK 100% Cotton Military Shemagh Tactical Desert Keffiyeh Head Neck Scarf Wrap in Brown

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The shemagh, also known as the keffiyeh or Arab scarf, is a simple yet efficient way to protect your face and neck from sun, wind and sand. It also works well as alternative winter headwear, particularly in areas with snow and strong winds. Although most are cotton, warmer, faster-drying cotton-wool blends are also available. Styles of wearing the shemagh vary, but wrapping the scarf around the head and face provides optimal protection from the elements.

Instructions for Wearing a Shemagh:
[Step 1] Fold the shemagh into a triangle. Wrap it around the back and over the top of your head, with the folded edge across your forehead, making sure that about two-thirds of the material is on your left. The right end ought to be long enough to come to your chest.
[Step 2] Use your left hand to pinch the shemagh about 3 or 4 inches from the folded edge and let the edge hang forward.
[Step 3] Let go of the right end. Using your left hand, hold the edge of the shemagh next to your left cheek and hold it near your left cheekbone. After you do this, use your right hand to pull the left end of the shemagh across your face, over your nose.
[Step 4] Continue to wrap the shemagh around your face and head until you get it back over your left shoulder. Grip the right tail and hold it to keep from pulling the shemagh off your head as you wrap. Work your hands down toward the ends as you wrap.
[Step 5] Pull the shemagh as tight as needed to feel comfortable. At the end of the process, take both ends and, somewhere near your right temple, tie them in a knot. A square knot will secure the shemagh adequately.
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Mohavy Unisex Original Keffiyeh Shemagh Fashion Scarf (One Size, Blue Ocean)

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This highest quality Mohavy Adult Keffiyeh is one of the most respected and revered clothing accessories in the world. Why? Because it is so extremely comfortable and useful. Your 100% cotton Keffiyeh will protect you from extreme heat, chilling cold, high winds, beating sun, and much more. No wonder the Keffiyeh has been worn by men and women for centuries. These days many Hollywood stars and fashionistas wear the Keffiyeh around their neck. It’s marvelously versatile! This Mohavy Keffiyeh is carefully manufactured with only the finest, most traditional materials, methods, and designs. It is made in the oldest factory in the world – the Hirbawi Factory in Hebron located in Palestine. There the Keffiyeh takes on major cultural importance where this particular Mohavy Keffiyeh is regarded with tremendous pride. When you wear a Mohavy, you know it’s a genuine Keffiyeh. Now you can wear the favorite clothing accessory that comes from a deep regional history that was responsible for the invention of mathematics, the creation of the alphabet, and the first books. It’s important to remember the Keffiyeh is worn by both men and women in Arabia. This is a true unisex clothing option that lets both genders equally enjoy its supreme practicality, comfort, and fashion. No wonder the Keffiyeh has been so eagerly adopted by peoples worldwide to become an internationally favored fashion accessory. Wondering how to wrap your Keffiyeh? Youtube is replete with excellent tutorials where you will be shown how easy it is to wear your Keffiyeh with genuine style. The Mohavy Keffiyeh is the preferred standard 47 inches by 47 inches. SB Game Hacker Download This perfectly square shape is important for making your Keffiyeh wrap correctly. But above all, remember the Keffiyeh was perfected over thousands of years to protect men, women, and children from harsh weather conditions. It’s wonderful protection in high winds, bitter cold, or sizzling heat.