We've had some requests for Shemaghs over the years. And so we decided to offer a few to those who would like to test them and give us feedback. ... We only made about eight, and they sold out pretty quickly. So we made more and they also disappeared pretty quickly. We hoped for more feedback than we got ... but I guess the main feedback was that nobody ever returned one.
We're looking forward to hearing back from an American who was raised in the Middle East and has been wearing a shemagh since he was a kid. He is now a photographer / videographer for Nat Geo and he'll be wearing and testing the shemagh during his work.
The Shemagh, also known as the keffiyeh, is a traditional head-covering that originated in the Middle East. It is similar to a scarf, but used generally to protect the head and face from blowing sand and dust. Its use has been generalized in many ways ... some more uses are shown in the list at the end of this entry.
The Shemaghs are very simple ... The original Shemaghs we made were a square piece of MidWeight Fabric, made from bolts of Fabric that were 46 inches (117 cm) wide. So each Shemagh used the full width of the bolt. Two sides of the Shemagh were the selvedge (edging) of our bolts, similar to the Poncho. And two sides of the Shemagh are merrowed, to prevent unraveling. Next time we make Shemaghs, they may be larger if our next bolts of Fabric are wider:
Next generation of Shemagh is anticipated to be 53 inches (135 cm) wide (the width of our Fabric, with selvedge) but we are not sure if that would be too large of a square. So we're not sure yet of the length. We need input, please
Two edges selvedge, two edges merrowed (stitched so they will not fray). Selvedge is the natural edge of the bolts of our Fabric. Like ourPoncho, we felt the natural edge, the selvedge, was appropriate for this ancient design. (Selvedge -- or selvage -- is the "self-edge" ... the border of a bolt of fabric, where the machines grip the material. Although the selvedge is generally not used, it is made from the same woolen yarn as the rest of the Shemagh and we felt it was perfect for this application.)
One tester told us we need to add small strips of fabric to the corners of the Shemagh to facilitate tying. We may do that, but that would probably increase cost
The Shemaghs were priced at $125 ... we're not sure what the next round price will be, but in that ballpark
Again ... these are test garments, at least in my mind. At this point there are a lot of them out there, but we haven't gotten much feedback. We really need feedback from everyone who purchases, please. THANK YOU!
All WeatherWool items, including these test Shemaghs, arecovered by our No-Risk Guarantee. I suppose the fact that nobody has returned one for refund is pretty good feedback, but I am hoping to hear whether they were too big, too small, too bulky, etc.
Lastly, what I have heard -- from one prospective customer in particular -- is that he intends quite a few general uses beyond the basic head-covering. This gentleman greatly prizes Freedom. He lives outdoors in Nature much of the time and owns only what fits in a rucksack ... as a result he demands versatility from all his kit and expects to use the Shemagh in a number of ways :