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The Keffiyeh & Its Popularity

The Keffiyeh (or kufiya) is a headdress traditionally used in the Middle East usually of cotton fabric as well as fashioned out of a square wrap. Its other names include a shemagh, ghutrah, hattah, chafiye, mashadah, and cemedani. It is normally donned by Arabs and some Mizrahi Jews as well as Iranic nomads, especially the Kurds. It is often found in dry regions because it offers protection from dust, sand, and sunburn. Its distinct standard checkered woven pattern probably has stemmed from a very old Mesopotamian symbol of fishing nets, if not ears of grain, although the exact origin of such a pattern is yet unknown.

Varieties and Modifications

Ordinary Keffiyeh
This piece of cloth is made of wool and cotton of white/black/orange, and worn mostly by Palestinians. The combination of these two materials promotes quick drying, in addition to keeping the user’s head warm, if preferred.
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Shemagh
The shemagh started from the age-old Middle Eastern headgear custom. A piece of material, usually cotton or flax as well decorated with lots of colors, but very often red as well as white, which is primarily used by Saudi Arabians in addition to Jordanians. This type of keffiyeh has cotton or woolen tassel decorations on the borders; the bigger the tassels, the more valuable garment is supposed to be and the greater the importance of the individual wearing such.

Ghutrah
This keffiyeh comes in cotton mild white cloth that is typically seen being worn by western Iraqis and among the Arabs of the Persian Gulf.
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Rezza/Rezza
This type of keffiyeh is typical among the North Africans and Egyptians.

Men, regardless of their age, wear the keffiyeh as a headgear or about the shoulders.

The Keffiyeh Fashion Trend

The keffiyeh has become a fashion statement in the Western regions and among non-Arabs, similar to the T-shirt, khaki pants, fatigues, and other wartime clothing. The popularity of Keffiyehs in America started in the latter part of 1980 with the introduction of the First Intifada wherein bohemian ladies as well as punks doned keffiyehs around the neck as scarves. In early 2000s, the keffiyeh became highly popular among the younger ones in Tokyo, and they often wore them alongside camouflage clothing. Such a fashion trend resurfaced in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia in mid-2000 when keffiyehs became a popular fashion accessory, often used like a scarf all-around the neck in hipster groups. Even though it is donned to show unity with the Palestinians, the pattern and style of the keffiyeh has been used to design day-to-day outfits.

Keffiyeh for sale are easily accessible in stores via the Internet.