How to Wrap a Keffiyeh




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

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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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    79 Discussions


    Question 1 year ago on Step 4

    If my keffiyeh has sequins is that considered culturally offensive? Asking for a friend...

    Admire your work!

    Julia “the Gut” Guthrie


    2 years ago

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


    2 years ago


    2 years ago Authentic kufiya :)


    2 years ago

    Thanks for the simple easy to understand guide!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    Erod D-Isle

    6 years ago on Step 4

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


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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."


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Very interesting and practical. Thanks for posting.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Nice post. You sure got some interesting comments on this one! It always amazes me how worked up people get over the significance of keffiyehs. They are simply great versatile scarves, and I believe they should be enjoyed by everyone.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    The company that still handlooms kufiyahs in Palestine is:
    Hirbawi Textile Factory
    0599 439253/297028/557735

    I'm not sure what the international dialling code is: Israel is +962, Jordan is +972, and Jordanian mobiles work in most of the Occupied West Bank. Try both and see what happens. They speak English.

    They have a distributor in the UK, she has asked me not to give details in an open forum because as soon as you mention the word 'Palestine' you get hassle. I can ask her to contact you by phone (in the UK) or e-mail; however, if you're not in the UK, contact the factory direct and they will tell you if there is a local vendor. This will save you customs hassles.

    I ordered yesterday afternoon, my kufiyahs arrived this morning.

    I order a red and white, and a black and white (well actually two of each) . They cost £ 7.50 each, making a total of £ 35.70 including UK 1st class delivery.

    They are a bit bigger than the 42" someone mentioned, 127 cm square. Fine for a man of average height, a bit big for a petite woman.

    If you want to show soldarity with the people, then wear something traditional and expect to be called a 'raghead' - or worse. However, they also do many other colours and styles, which may be less controversial. Some would go nicely with a woman's evening dress.

    The black and white has relatively little embroidery and is therefore quite light, and being mostly white keeps the sun off but isn't going to be warm in winter.

    The red and white is heavily embroidered and thus weighs much more. More suitable for winter.

    My politics are pretty left-wing. I'd wear a traditional kufiyah to a rally or a meeting, but for everyday wear in the UK, it's a very in-your-face political statement. As much so, maybe more so than the black hat and ringlets of an Orthodox Jew.

    The instructions given below are good, but don't work so well if you have long hair (which few Palestinians do) - the best advice is to meet a Palestinian and ask them to show you. You have to arrange it slightly differently.

    Also, there aren't many sandstorms in the UK, and covering up your face with anything, especially when visiting a bank, arouses susicions. Better to wear it slightly differently, so that the whole of your face is visible.

    Sorry for such a long, first, post!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Real simple GUIDE, as we ALL are of different measurements.
    Fold it as described in the first image. Put it around your neck at its mid length.
    If it reaches your crotch, it's right. If it's short, it's no good. If it's a bit longer, OK. If it's a LOT longer, it's no good, too much excess.
    Then, fold and wrap according to instructions.

    Tool Using Animal

    12 years ago

    Last time I had to take a flight my wife wouldn't leave the house until I changed out of my "Muslim Academy" shirt, I wonder how she'd like this. BTW Tim you do look very stylish in it.

    2 replies

    my ex-wife was that way about ALL MUSLIM type people & things....I put up with it for 3 years, then finally decided I had enough & divorced her. At the final court hearing, I showed up in full Muslim atire....LOL
    to say she was not happy is an understatement. :)