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've made some more. Please, give us feedback and ideas! I have no experience with a shemagh!
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.
The Shemaghs are very simple ... a square piece of MidWeight Fabric. Our bolts of Fabric are 46 inches (117 cm) wide. So each Shemagh uses the full width of the bolt. Two sides of the Shemagh are the selvedge (edging) of our bolts, similar to the Poncho. And two sides of the Shemagh are merrowed, to prevent unraveling.
Shemagh is 46 inches by 46 inches (117 cm x 117 cm)
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.)
PLEASE NOTE: We are sold out of Lynx Shemaghs. You can still order a Lynx Shemagh (price set to 0), and we'll put you on the waiting list. Also, we are nearly sold out of the Drab and Natural (white) Shemaghs. If you want a Shemagh that we don't have, please go ahead and order anyway. It's a huge help to us to know in advance what people want, and we'll contact you as we prepare to make more Shemaghs. At that time you can confirm, change or cancel your order. Here is more information about ordering out-of-stock garments and about online ordering in general. --- THANKS -- Ralph