Monday, January 28, 2013

Survival DIY: How to tie a Shemagh

So today we are going to learn how to tie a Shemagh (pronounced “schmog”), which is also called a keffiyeh and ghutrah. The Shemagh originated in the Middle East as a scarf-type wrap commonly found in arid regions to provide protection from direct sun exposure, as well to protect the mouth and eyes from blown dust and sand.

To start with you will need a large scarf, either triangle shaped or a square one folded in half to make a triangle. Pop it on your head with one side shorter than the other.

Take the longer end and wrap it around your head to the shorter end. You can either do a face cover or wear it under the chin, depending upon your needs.

Tie the ends at the back.

Pop on a bit of rope or cord at the top and hey, presto! You're ready for action in the desert!!!

Doesn't he look grand?


  1. These are very simple and easy to follow instructions. I have tied a shemagh once, but I didn’t master the skill. So, I have decided to try out the skill again, and your article is all I need. I also found additional tips on how to tie a shemagh here: