How to wrap an arab head scarf

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Arab head scarves, or shemaghs, are a small departure from the traditional Arab turban, but they have been used for centuries. They are very popular with the military when stationed in Arab countries or in desert climates, because they are handy for keeping the sun, wind and sand out of the face and neck area. Arab head scarves are not difficult to wrap, although it can take practice to get them right. Traditional patterned scarves can be used, although you can use just about any piece of cloth roughly 55 inches square.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Piece of cloth roughly 50 to 60 inches square

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    Tying an Arab Scarf

  1. 1

    Fold the square piece of cloth into a triangle.

  2. 2

    Put the folded edge against your forehead and put the rest of the scarf over your head. Two-thirds of the material should be to the right, so it is not evenly placed on your head. Let the ends of the fabric fall forward over your shoulders.

  3. 3

    Pull the shorter left end under your chin and up towards your right ear with your right hand.

  4. 4

    Pick up the other end of the scarf and bring it over your face so that it comes just under the eyes.

  5. 5

    Keep wrapping it around your head until you can reach the end that you are holding with your right hand.

  6. 6

    Tie both ends together in the back of your head. It may be closer to the right ear, but that is OK.

  7. 7

    Pull the fabric that is over your nose down under your chin. You can always pull it back up later if you need to.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't worry if you don't get it comfortable the first time. Simply untie it and try again. It can take practice to accomplish the correct tightness.

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