Kids… someday (soon)… you’ll thank me for this!!

Q) How do I wear a Shemagh & what is its History?

The Shemagh is probably one of the most useful piece of equipment a soldier can have. A Shemagh is a
square cotton cloth. It comes in a variety of color combinations (red/white – black/white – maroon/white –
green/white – blue/white, etc.) – the more dominant color is sewn or woven into the cloth in a pattern. When
used correctly, as originally intended – a head wrap, the Shemagh is surprisingly comfortable. But it also have
several other uses – here is a short list of it’s potential uses:

  • as a head wrap – keeping sun or snow, wind, sand and dust – out of eyes, face and neck.
  • as a face veil – concealing the face.
  • as a scarf worn around the neck – retains heat in the cold and absorbs sweat/protects the neck in hot &
    sunny conditions.
  • as a small sunshade cover whilst resting
  • as an arm sling – giving a wounded arm support.
  • as a foot wrap – replacing a lost sock.
  • as a carrying pouch for equipment.
  • as a towel.
  • as a short rope

The Shemagh is a traditional head wrap originating from the Middle East/Arabic culture developed from the
Arabic turban – and have been used by them for centuries. Now days it’s perhaps publicly best know as used by
the Palestinians in Israel. To the western world and – in military use – the British SAS (Special Air Service)
discovered the Shemaghs potential when operating in northern Africa’s deserts during the WW2. It has been a
popular and valuable piece of the SAS soldiers equipment ever since and have spread from there.

1. Fold the Shemagh in half to a triangle.
2. Drape it over your head with one end shorter than the other.
3. Bring the shorter end under your chin to ear level.
4. Bring the longer end around the front – across your face.
5. Keep wrapping it around your head all the way untill…
6. …it meets up with the short end. Tie the ends into a knot (near your ear).
7. Adjust eye-slight for best fit and comfort…
8. …or wear it open – exposing your face.

This place sells Shemaghs – interesting site….

"Tactical" Shemagh….  🙂

US Cavalry version of the Shemagh

How to care for one’s Shemagh




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