Muslim males traditionally wear the shemagh or keffiyeh as a head wrap to keep out heat, dust and bugs during the hot Middle Eastern summers and to hold in their body warmth during the winter. The fabric used to wrap around the head into a shemagh is large, measuring approximately 42 inches by 42 inches, writes the AA Surplus website. Cotton is the most commonly used fibre because of its ability to allow the wearer’s skin to breathe while shielding his face, head and neck at the same time.
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Shemagh Wrap With Face Covered
Muslim males can wear the shemagh wrapped around their heads and faces as follows: Fold the cloth into a large triangle, wrapping it around the back and over the top of your head. The folded edge should go across your forehead. Position the fabric so you have more on the right side of your face so you can bring it across your chest. Fold or pinch the fabric of your shemagh 3 or 4 inches from the folded edge, letting the edge hang forward.
Drop the right end and, with your left hand, hold the edge of the fabric next to your left cheek by your cheekbone. With your right hand, pull the fabric of your shemagh across your face and over your nose. Keep wrapping the fabric around your head and face until the edge is by your left shoulder. Grab the tail on your right side and hold onto it so you can keep it from pulling off your head as you wrap it around. As you wrap, your hands will be getting closer to the ends of the fabric.
Pull the fabric as tight as is comfortable for you. Take both ends of the shemagh in both hands and tie a square knot near your right temple.
Shemagh Wrapped With Face Uncovered
Wrap the shemagh around your head as described in the first section of this article, but pull the face wrap portion down under your chin while keeping the two ends tied together at your right temple.
Shemagh Wrap for Modesty
Place the shemagh on top of your head, allowing both ends to fall over both shoulders. Wrap the right end over your left shoulder to cover your upper chest, leaving your face exposed.
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