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- 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.
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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 Dimensions: 10.5 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B01D50X1AW
- Item model number: A-108 BLK/MAG
- Date first available at Amazon.com: March 18, 2016
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I expected that the keffiyeh I was buying would be smaller than a genuine one and I was not disappointed in that regard. It's a few inches smaller than a real keffiyeh from the Middle East, but not so much so that it's impossible to use. Of more concern was that the keffiyeh I received was not perfectly square, as a keffiyeh is supposed to be. It's off by maybe 3-6 inches, which I'll almost certainly notice and nitpick over, but I doubt anyone else will notice or care.
Considering I paid a quarter of what I've paid for a genuine keffiyeh, the keffiyeh I received isn't too bad.
The most important thing for you to know is that YOU NEED TO RINSE/WASH IT BEFORE YOU USE IT. Don't forget that, or you will likely be very unhappy the first time you sweat in it or get it wet. I'll show you some pics of that process so you can see how very critical that step is. But first, I did want to state that this particular shemagh turned out to be a little smaller than I expected. I hand-washed it in warm water the first time, and then used cold water after. I expect a little shrinkage as a normal...but it is smaller overall than a lot of the ones I see on YouTube videos. As it is right now, after washing for the first time, it's approximately 36" x 34". I didn't measure it right out of the package, so I can't tell you how it measured before washing. So...keep that in mind as well. I have seen other reviews stating that this particular shemagh is a little smaller than usual, and my results tend to concur. It's 100% cotton, so it will shrink a little...not a problem. Just know about this fact.
Now the pics...
I washed it first thing, and I am glad I did. Look at how much dye came out the first time I submerged it in water! Imagine that all over your face or clothing if you decided to wear it without going through this process first! Anyway...I used some laundry detergent, and eventually the dye began to disappear, and the water started to run clean. At one point, I thought it was "good enough" and hung it in the shower to dry, and saw that it was still dripping green. I rinsed it more -- until I hung it up and there was no more color coming out. It actually took me a lot longer to do this than I expected. Please do it. And don't just throw it in the washer with your other clothes...unless you like everything you wear to be olive drab. ;-)
(EDIT) For some reason, Amazon decided to strip out all of my photos...and inserted what I believe to be the LEAST important one of the bunch. Copy/paste these URLs into your browser to see them all. Sorry about that. I wouldn't have bothered to do a review if I would have known embedding/attaching all of the photos wasn't an option.
http://everythingcpo.com/wp-content/uploads/shemagh/am5.jpg <-- First time to add water
http://everythingcpo.com/wp-content/uploads/shemagh/am4.jpg <-- Look at all the ink!
http://everythingcpo.com/wp-content/uploads/shemagh/am3.jpg <-- Washing with detergent
http://everythingcpo.com/wp-content/uploads/shemagh/am2.jpg <-- Looking better
http://everythingcpo.com/wp-content/uploads/shemagh/am1.jpg <-- Nope...not quite there yet!
I just wanted to add one more thing since I've seen a lot of other reviews refer to it: this shemagh came to me in the correct color with no noticeable defects. Some other reviews cite incorrect color or defects as the reason for their low rating. There is likely some variation from one shemagh to another, so you may want to take that into account. These shemaghs are honestly very affordable at $10, so I personally would let that be to much of a detracting point.
It will pack well, and is versatile (not just as clothing). It is semi-transparent, so it can protect the eyes from debris. It appears to wick properly for cooling, and it appears to stand up to light/moderate 'wringing' of moisture (heavy twisting of this fabric when wet, may damage the fabric).
The die used has not run yet, and the print is woven in using using different thread. It is a single layer cloth (not embroidered or embossed).
This is NOT a heavy fabric (similar to a loose-weave sarong) and will snag/tear in heavy brush, tree limbs, etc. It is very breathable, and absorbent, but not for warmth (unless wrapped several times).
For the price, it will provide concealment (in similar background), eye protection, sweat evaporation, water collection & filter only larger debris particles. Well worth the investment!