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Shemagh

$225
ColorNatural White
Description

Shemaghs are square, about 55 inches (140 cm) on a side.  Sometimes a little smaller, depending on the size of the bolt of Fabric.  

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 was first used mostly 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.

We've had a great many requests for Shemaghs over the years.  We were told the FullWeight Shemagh was too thick to be tied off to itself, whereas the corners of the MidWeight were thin enough so they could be tied. But at least one person (see our only-ever negative review below!) found the MidWeight too thick for a Shemagh. Taking his criticism to heart (he said he like it as a Blanket), we are now also offering the Shemagh as a Blanket size.

The Shemagh is a simple square piece of our MidWeight Merino Jacquard Fabric merrowed on all four sides.  Our bolts of Fabric average 55 inches across (135 cm), and this Shemagh is a square sized off the width of the bolt. As you can see in the photo, this is pretty big, but that's what people told me they wanted. I'm 6 feet (183 cm) tall. From early feedback, it seems like we eventually might be offering a smaller size Shemagh, maybe 42x42 inches (107x107 cm). Let me know if interested.

Given that the Shemaghs are offered only in MidWeight Fabric, a discussion of the differences between FullWeight and MidWeight Fabrics may be of interest.

We really need feedback from everyone who purchases, please. You can publish a review on this website (see below) or contact me directly. THANK YOU!

Advisor Will Cooke has told me about intended uses beyond the basic head-covering. Will greatly prizes Freedom. He lives outdoors in Nature much of the time and owns only what fits in a rucksack. Will therefore demands versatility from all his kit and expects to use the Shemagh in a number of ways. Customer Clay C has worn a lot of Shemaghs and agrees our Fabric is thicker than the usual Shemagh, but said that created possibilities he did not anticipate. Ron P was at first concerned the Shemagh was oversized, but decided, like Clay, that there are additional uses. Ron wrote us that he now uses the Shemagh every day. THANKS to Will, Clay, and Ron for their input!

  • Hood
  • Scarf
  • Cape
  • Rain Shield
  • Part of the Sleep System
  • Extra Pillow
  • Extra Layer in Hammock (Ron P)
  • Sitting Cloth
  • Ground Cloth
  • Mini-Blanket / Picnic Blanket (Ron P)
  • Lap Cloth
  • Bag (for holding things!)
  • Potholder
  • Sun Shade (Ron P)
  • Butt Pack (Ron P)
  • First-aid sling (Clay C)
  • Seat for hard surfaces (Ron P)
  • Seat for wet surfaces (grass, rock, log, moss)
  • Strain water prior to boiling
  • Water Transport (Clay C)
  • Even makeshift Skirt while washing pants!
  • Water Transport
  • First-aid Sling
  • Soft pad for cameras (Advisor Dane Lawing)
  • Similar to a cape, one gent told me he doubles the Shemagh, then puts it across his shoulders, either over or under another garment

 

Updated 14 July 2024 --- Ralph


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Our Fabric

Our Fabric is the heart of what we do. We make our own Fabric, starting with raw wool carefully and specifically selected from a small group of ranches in the USA that meet our certification standards of long, strong, and comfortable fibers.

FAQ

Where is it made?

All of our products are 100% made in the USA using 100% American-made wool and materials. We pay American citizens to make all of our garments. See more.

Is WeatherWool in retail stores?

No, it is only available directly through this Website.

What are your garments designed for?

We set out to make the best All-Purpose outerwear possible and we take that "ALL" part seriously. While some items may be better then others for specific needs we like to think we have the perfect garment for anything you do outside regardless if it is in the serving in military, hunting, camping, city, country, work or worship.

Why is it so expensive?

We never cut a single corner at any step. We make our own fabric, from the best wool in the USA. There are over 45 steps in making our fabric alone. We use the highest quality materials made in the USA. We have owner operated customer service on call to serve you and offer free shipping in USA and Canada as well as hassle free returns.

Is WeatherWool Merino Wool?

Not exactly. Merino is great wool and has been very well marketed over the years but pure merino alone is not actually suitable for us.

We select our wool based on a number of characteristics including micron, strength, length, and comfort factor. With the help of our advisor Bob Padula we have determined the perfect recipe for our goals. Thanks to modern equipment we can test all the wool before we buy it and that wool is primarily coming from Rambouillet and Targhee breads.

How do you clean WeatherWool

Short answer, you almost never need to. It's self cleaning. We've had garments we've worn for 7 years that have never been cleaned other then some rain.

However, things happen. If a lukewarm bath and dry flat doesn't do the trick, you can try wool-cleaner. Our full cleaning page is here.

Can bugs bite through your fabric?

We have not heard of any that can.

What is your customer service policy?

Our customers will be taken care of.

Full Customer Service policy can be found here.

Shipping

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No-Risk Testing / No-Risk Policy ... We can't have anyone unhappy!.

Free Shipping USA and Canada

We offer free shipping in the USA and Canada.

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1 (831) 704- 1776 (831-July 4th 1776)

About us

Founders / Owners

WeatherWool was founded in 2009 by Ralph and Debby DiMeo. Together with their children and a few friends they maintain 100% ownership of the company. Their full story can be read here.

Direct Connection To The Source

We make our own Fabric, starting with raw wool carefully and specifically selected from a small group of ranches in the USA that meet our certification standards. This isn't no stock photo. We're actually out there during shearing sampling wool and sharing stoies and good times with the ranchers and their families.

The Best We Can Figure Out

While most companies decide a price point, and reverse engineer a garment to meet that retail price, WeatherWool does the opposite. We make the best garment we can figure out how to make at every decision we face.Although our garments seem pricey to some our profit margins are below average and you're getting more value for your money and assurance that you're getting some of the best wool in the world.

Customer Reviews

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Brady Patterson
Heckua good piece of kit

I had totally forgotten putting in an order for this and was happy to see it get made although I had no idea how big it was going to be!

Received it about a month ago and has seen nearly daily use and I was not expecting that as while I have the regular cotton shemaghs, I don't use them daily.

We get cold nights here at our elevation (10 degrees celcius) and it's been a great thing to keep the chill off and I just use it folded corner to corner and draped.

It's been a sit pad on hard bleachers at a recent powwow in Kamloops, Canada.

I use it as a blanket on top of my sleeping pad rather than sleep directly on the pad.

It's been used as a makeshift butt pack.

Used as a spark shield near the campfire.

My first piece of WW gear and definitely not my last.

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Wayne K.
I’m glad I got one in this current size.

Being familiar with the weight and thickness of WW, I wasn’t expecting to use this piece of kit as a traditional Shemagh.

However, the concept of the shemagh being a multi-application cloth, I felt this could be a very useful size of WW material. And, it is!

I expect it to be a useful shawl or hood to use additionally in winter when needing to be stationary. (I like the idea stated in another review on how to use it across the shoulders under my WW Anorak.)

Already using it as lap throw, pillow, bolster for supporting my arm during a severe RA flare-up (WW is much more soothing when Gout like pain leaves you not wanting anything touching you. FYI), and seat cushion.

I love the square dimensions of this piece. Makes an exact triangle when folded. Has been quite useful when a standard blanket would be just too much or not the right dimensions. I’m glad it is no smaller than it is.

Very happy with it. Thanks

C
Clay C
Limited by Your Imagination

So, if you are familiar with the traditional keffiyeh and are looking for that, this may not be your solution. A traditional keffiyeh is thin and easily used for a head wrap, neck wrap etc.

This piece has larger dimensions and is more substantial than a traditional keffiyeh. For the environments that WW designs their pieces to thrive, a traditional keffiyeh would have little to no value. This piece could easily be part of a backwoods kit that could be used for shelter, shock blanket, an additional layer as described by Mark T in his review and so on.

Literally, it is an infinitely durable item that is soft as cashmere and has uses that are limited largely to your imagination. Super happy that I pulled the trigger on this one.

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Mark T
Warm, comfortable, versatile.

I'd had these on pre-order for quite some time, and when the notification arrived, I quite uncharacteristically impulse-bought two, one Drab and one Lynx, both Midweight.

No regrets. This has been the coldest winter in several years, and I've been very glad of them; fold one diagonally and drape it across my shoulders, don my Anorak, and arrange the ends inside the sleeves, while still having a spare.

Unsurprisingly, two layers of Midweight is warmer than one of Fullweight and fully windproof, whilst seeming to be no heavier. This matters, since this could be used as a hood in the absence of anything else, while still keeping out some pretty fierce weather.

Works well in blocking the chill of overly-airconditioned buildings (which seems to be all of them these days)

WW makes one of the four wools that my skin will stand, and is of heirloom quality. Does need a scarf ring or blanket pin to fasten, but you don't want to lose an item like this.

M
Mark

Crazy fast shipping, big enough to use as a blanket