How to Wrap a Keffiyeh

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Introduction: How to Wrap a Keffiyeh

Guide to wrapping a traditional Keffiyeh around your head as demonstrated by the legendary Tim Anderson.

Step 1: Fold It in Half

Fold the keffiyeh in half diagonally so you get a big triangle, then put it over your head like Tim.

Step 2: Pinch, Wrap and Tuck

Pinch the fabric over your ear and wrap that side in front of your face then around your head and tuck it into itself.

Step 3: The Other Side

Same thing as before, but instead of going in front of your face go under your chin

Step 4: Enjoy!

The brilliant thing about the head wrap is the convertible nature of the face section.

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Thanks. Im currently in Mecca and just bought one of these.

https://www.kufiya.org/

https://www.kufiya.org/ Authentic kufiya :)

Thanks for the simple easy to understand guide!

Thanks for the instructions. The keffiyeh is an extremely practical garment. I am going hunting tomorrow and it is supposed to be unseasonably warm. I have a cold weather hunting balaclava, but it will be a bit too warm to wear. I have a bright orange and black keffiyeh to go with my blaze orange and black hunting camouflage. The first time I used the keffiyeh was at an outdoor garage sale where I was manning a booth in the sun for three+ hours. It kept my very caucasian skin from getting very burnt. Its gauzy structure kept it from getting to be too warm.
For those who are trying to make this political because of its Semitic origins, please don't go there. I am a Jew, an American patriot, and a Zionist. As much as the world tends to forget, Arabs and Jews have a common parentage and a common region. The keffiyeh is not a religious garment, it is a garment of the desert nomad. At one time, most of us Semitic folks were nomads in desert areas. I was in the US Army and was stationed in the desert for three years. I wish I knew how to wear one of these back then. We wore gauze cravats like keffiyahs but they didn't stay in place as well and were not so easily converted back and forth to face covers. My wearing of a keffiyeh does not make me any more of a Palestinian sympathizer than my wearing of an ushanka (the Russian ear-flap hat) makes me a fan of Vladimir Putin. As a person of Ukrainian heritage, I despise Putin because he embodies the egotistical oligarchical leader who seems to think his is better and smarter than everyone else. That doesn't make me want to trade in my ushanka for a ski cap or ear muffs.

When I was a soldier, the Army implemented the PASGT, styled after the German Bundeswehr's Gefechtshelm (helmet with ear covering that is favored by bikers). That didn't me a Nazi. We wore ponchos too. They have their origins in South and Central America.

The bottom line is this, in America, we have a creole culture. We see it in our arts, cuisine, language, and clothing. Our nation has been fortunate enough to be able to borrow from the hundreds (if not thousands) of cultures of our citizens. Let's not be so ignorant and naive to think that we Americans should avoid cultural garb because it has its origins in cultures some of us might not agree with.

shemagh

very nice and simple be good for places like out here all we have is wind

I agree with Mr. Grumpus:

"Wherever your politics lay... politics as a whole should be (IMHO) resolutely left out of Instructables."

To keep a thriving community of friends going, let this be about making things. Leave the politics and religion for more appropriate forums. I started to launch into a diatribe of my own until I read Mr. Grumpus' calmer and more reasoned comments.

Re: posting things which may generate controversy, I agree with Mr. Grumpus and Joshua:

"the only winning move is not to play."

Very interesting and practical. Thanks for posting.