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How to Put on an Arab Headdress

Updated April 17, 2017

The pattern on a Arab headdress is often associated with a particular clan, tribe or family, while others are individual. It is thought that the headdress protects the wearer from excessive sun exposure. Plus, it can be symbolic of religion. For example, Shi'a black turbans are related to the Shi'a clergy and prophet Mohammad. Putting on an Arab headdress can seem a bit confusing at first, but once you known the exact steps to be taken it is much easier to do.

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  1. Fold the piece of fabric in half to create a large triangle of material. Then, look in the mirror.

  2. Position the scarf around the top of your head, directly in front of your hairline by your forehead. The edge facing you in the mirror is the folded edge.

  3. Bring the corner of the triangle to your right across the front of your face, so it covers your nose downward. Pull it around the back of your head, so it falls in front of your right shoulder.

  4. Gather the fabric neatly into a sausage shape, then stretch it over the top of your head. It follows the contour of your head from ear to ear. Pull it quite tightly so it holds in place.

  5. Tie the end of the fabric with the other corner of the triangle, on the left-hand side of your head. Then, tuck the shorter length of fabric underneath the piece that wrapped over the top of your head.

  6. Tidy up how the scarf looks by gathering excess material up around your neck.

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Things You'll Need

  • Shemagh scarf
  • Mirror

About the Author

Verity Jones is an English literature graduate who has been writing for over five years. Her work has been featured in local publications, national parenting magazines and online portals such as You and Your Family, and Mum Plus One. Jones holds a qualification in interior design.

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