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.

Fair Trade Cotton ‘Yasser Arafat’ Palestine / Arab Shemagh Scarf – Pink & White

The Shemagh is a traditional scarf worn by the Arabs in Palaestine and made famous by Yasser Arafat – long time leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. Show your support for the oppressed people in Palestine and Gaza. Our Shemagh are woven from 100 % soft cotton and come in the choice of traditional black and white or colourful pink and white. They measure 110 cm by 110 cm.

Product Features

  • The Shemagh is a traditional scarf worn by the Arabs in Palaestine and made famous by Yasser Arafat – long time leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.
  • Show your support for the oppressed people in Palestine and Gaza.
  • Our Shemagh are woven from 100 % soft cotton and come in the choice of traditional black and white or colourful pink and white.
  • They measure 110 cm by 110 cm.
  • We fair trade all our products so you can be sure that the talented crafts people who make our products are fairly paid and have safe working conditions. Search for One World is Enough to see all our fabulous designs

Authentic and NEW Head Shemagh Kafiya Arab Scarf with Agal Black White the Same Israel, Palestine and British SAS Military USE Unique and Retro Look, Soft and Lightweight Great and Cool Unisex Accessory Fits with Any Shirt

The same Israel, Palestine and British SAS Military USE
Unique and Retro Look, Soft and Lightweight
Great and Cool Unisex Accessory
Fits with any Shirt
Details
Condition Brand New with Tags
Color: Black & White
Material 60% Cotton 40% Polyester
UNISEX STYLE
Size: 45″ x 45″ 110cm x 110cm
Aagl: The Black String that holds the scarf on the head

Product Features

  • The same Israel, Palestine and British SAS Military USE Unique and Retro Look, Soft and Lightweight Great and Cool Unisex Accessory Fits with any Shirt
  • Authentic and NEW Head Shemagh Kafiya Arab Scarf with AGAL Black White

Black& White Palestine Shemagh With Tassels Arab Head Scarf Authentic

brand new Arabic palestinian Shemagh Head Scarf. This is an authentic embroidered black & white shemagh middle eastern head scarf. It measures 47″ X 47″ inches (120 X 120 cm) This shemagh is 60% cotton

Product Features

  • brand new Arabic Shemagh Head Scarf. This is an authentic embroidered light black & white shemagh top quality middle eastern head scarf. It measures 47″ X 47″ inches (120 X 120 cm)

Tactical Safety Essentials Tactical Shemagh Scarf Turban Arab KeffIyeh Head Wrap Shawl

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. Styles of wearing the shemagh vary, but wrapping the scarf around the head and face provides optimal protection from the elements.

-Made From 100% Lightweight Cotton

-Dimensions: 42″ x 42″

-High Quality Stitched Material

-Tight cotton weave protects your face and neck from sun, wind, and sand

-Designed To Protect Head & Neck From Sun, Sand & Wind

-Tassels Attached To Ends Of Shemagh Scarf

-Folded & Wrapped In Various Styles Around The Head

-Dries Quickly & Keep The Head Warm

-Built Durably To Last Through Rugged Use

-Worn Across The Forehead Or Neck

-Can Also Be Used As A Neck Warmer Or Hand Towel

Product Features

  • 100% Cotton Measuring 42 x 42
  • Perfect for Paintball, Airsoft or Just Around Town
  • Lightweight Tactical Headwear That Is Designed To Protect The Head & Neck From Sun & Sand
  • Military style and makes a perfect addition to your military/tactical uniform or Halloween costume as well as a great fashion accessory

Turquoise Military Shemagh Arab Tactical Desert Keffiyeh Scarf

Made From 100% Heavy Weight Cotton. High Quality Stitched Material. Arabian Pattern Design. Designed To Protect Head & Neck From Sun, Sand & Wind. Tassles Attached To Ends Of Shemagh Scarf. Folded & Wrapped In Various Styles Around The Head. Dries Quickly & Keep The Head Warm. Worn Across The Forehead Or Neck. 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. 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. Shemaghs are made from 100% cotton and will shrink if not washed properly. Import. Dimensions: 43″ X 41″.

Shemaghs are Manufacutured by Army Universe.

Product Features

  • 100% Cotton Material. Woven & NOT PRINTED.
  • Size Approx: 43 inches x 41 inches.
  • Extremely Soft & Comfortable. Lightweight.
  • Available in many colors for all different styles.

Hirbawi Kufiya Original Men’s Arab Scarf One Size Yellow on Multicolor

Original Palestinian product produced by Hirbawi – “the last kufiya factory in Palestine”, since 1961. Yasser Araft used to wear a kufiya made by Hirbawi! Hirbawi was the first to create the Palestinian pattern to symbolize the Palestinian struggle: the middle pattern, with its “wire mesh fence” design represents the Israeli occupation, while the oblong-shaped patterns on the side represent olive leaves – a symbol of Palestine and peace.

Product Features

  • The “Real” thing, from Hebron – Palestine
  • Cotton Keffiyeh with real embroidery
  • Serves as a fashion accessory as well as a warming scarf
  • Yellow and Kahki kufiya, Yellow and Blue Zig-Zag Palestinian pattern embroidery, 2 edges with Yellow fringes
  • Approx 120 x 120 cm / 47″ x 47″

Biwinky Tactical Desert Cotton Arab Keffiyeh Neck Scarf 110*110cm (Beige)

The shemagh, also known as a keffiyeh, is a wrap-around head covering that is essential for protecting eyes, nose, mouth and neck from sun, wind and sand. They are commonly used by Special Forces worldwide. Methods of wearing the shemagh vary, but wrapping the scarf around the head and face provides optimal protection from the elements.

Please allow slightly error due to manual measurements.

Actual product color may differ slightly from the pictures due to lighting variations during photography and computer screen.

Product Features

  • Material: 100% cotton
  • A great accessory to match you outfit, casual or formal
  • Long and trendy style, easily to wrap on many fashionable ways
  • Suitable for outdoor, war game players, urban youths to play handsome
  • Can be used as a scarf, shawl, wrap

TE Lightweight Tactical Shemagh Scarf Turban Arab KeffIyeh Head Wrap Shawl (Wash Teal / Black)

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. Styles of wearing the shemagh vary, but wrapping the scarf around the head and face provides optimal protection from the elements.

Product Features

  • Perfect for Paintball, Airsoft or Just Around Town
  • Offers protection for the head and neck from the hot sun and blowing dust or sand and you can also get it wet and wear it around your neck to help keep you cool on those hot summer days
  • Lightweight Tactical Headwear That Is Designed To Protect The Head & Neck From Sun & Sand
  • Military style and makes a perfect addition to your military/tactical uniform or Halloween costume as well as a great fashion accessory
  • 100% Cotton Measuring 42 x 42

TE Lightweight Tactical Shemagh Scarf Turban Arab KeffIyeh Head Wrap Shawl (Gray / Black)

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. Styles of wearing the shemagh vary, but wrapping the scarf around the head and face provides optimal protection from the elements.

Product Features

  • Perfect for Paintball, Airsoft or Just Around Town
  • Offers protection for the head and neck from the hot sun and blowing dust or sand and you can also get it wet and wear it around your neck to help keep you cool on those hot summer days
  • Lightweight Tactical Headwear That Is Designed To Protect The Head & Neck From Sun & Sand
  • Military style and makes a perfect addition to your military/tactical uniform or Halloween costume as well as a great fashion accessory
  • 100% Cotton Measuring 42 x 42

Annys Keffiyeh Arab Shemagh Scarf (Orange/White)

Perfect for wear in the cold mountains or in the hot desert. This lightweight headscarf works for both men and women. You can wear it around your neck or over your head.

Product Features

  • 42″ by 42″ square
  • 90% Cotton, 10% Acrylic
  • Wraps around for a perfect fit
  • Imported

Bele Tactical Military Scarf Turban Desert Shemagh Arab Lightweight Od Cotton 42×42 Inch (army green)

Features:
Made From 100% Lightweight Cotton
High Quality Stitched Material
One Size Fits Most

Designed To Protect Head & Neck From Sun, Sand & Wind
Tassels Attached To Ends Of Shemagh Scarf
Folded & Wrapped In Various Styles Around The Head

Dries Quickly & Keep The Head Warm

Built Durably To Last Through Rugged Use

Worn Across The Forehead Or Neck

Can Also Be Used As A Neck Warmer Or Hand Towel

Extremely Fashionable, Popular

Dimensions: 42 x 42 inch

Material: cotton

Net weight: 100g

Product Features

  • Made From 100% Lightweight Cotton
  • High Quality Stitched Material
  • One Size Fits Most
  • Designed To Protect Head & Neck From Sun, Sand & Wind
  • Tassels Attached To Ends Of Shemagh Scarf

Arab Headpiece Adult Costume

Arab Headpiece Adult Costume

Product Features

  • Includes one Arab headdress with white fabric and gold lame’ headband.
  • There’s no better way to complete your sheik costume than with this Arab headdress for men.
  • The moustache, jewelry and sheik costume are sold separately from this Arab headdress for adults.
  • Please note: This item’s color may vary due to inherent manufacturing variations or your computer monitor’s color settings. The item you receive will be identical or substantially similar to the item pictured in this listing.

Hirbawi Kufiya Original Men’s Arab Scarf One Size Black and Red on White

Original Palestinian product produced by Hirbawi – “the last kufiya factory in Palestine”, since 1961. Yasser Araft used to wear a kufiya made by Hirbawi! Hirbawi was the first to create the Palestinian pattern to symbolize the Palestinian struggle: the middle pattern, with its “wire mesh fence” design represents the Israeli occupation, while the oblong-shaped patterns on the side represent olive leaves – a symbol of Palestine and peace.

Product Features

  • The “Real” thing, from Hebron – Palestine
  • Cotton Keffiyeh with real embroidery
  • Serves as a fashion accessory as well as a warming scarf
  • White kufiya, Black and Red Zig-Zag pattern embroidery, 2 edges with White or Red fringes
  • Approx 120 x 120 cm / 47″ x 47″