Keffiyehs are traditional headscarves worn majorly in Arab countries and are made of cotton. It is commonly found in Arab surrounding because it provides protection from dust and sunburns. It is commonly square shaped with a checkered pattern and is available in a wide range of colours.
Keffiyeh became a common fashion accessories in most parts of America in the late eighties and in Tokyo in the early 21st century. The Palestinian keffiyeh is just another type of keffiyeh made by a mixture of cotton and wool to enable it to dry quickly. You may opt to wrap a keffiyeh around your shoulders and back or choose to use it as a turban.
Today, keffiyehs are largely imported from China and overtaken the Palestinian market driving many companies out of business as early as early 2000. Due to the importance of keffiyehs in protecting one from sunburns and dust in arid environs, American and British soldiers are issued with keffiyehs to use in the areas they are deployed in. There are presently numerous stores around which stock keffiyehs which are wrapped around necks as scarves.
Adopted from an Arab word by British soldiers, keffiyehs have earned themselves another name, the shemagh. Keffiyehs look like bandannas with them being bigger, thicker, and heavier than a bandanna. You will definitely approve of the benefits of keffiyehs once you get to buy one. In addition to protecting your skin from sunburns and from breathing dust, keffiyehs are also used in many different areas.
It is thick enough to be used as a towel on top of the fact that it dries very fast and therefore ideal for campers. When going out for picnics, these are the best accessories to spread down on the grass and keep you clean and provides comfort because of it spongy feel. You can opt to use a keffiyeh in the place of a scarf during a cold day to help keep your neck warm.
You may also choose to tie it at the corners to form a hobo sack to carry things with. A keffiyeh can be used as a sweat rag for people who are involved in activities that are associated with sweating like hiking or while in the gym and double as a fashion trend. You may buy a shorter one to tie around your waist which is a symbol for modesty and it is in fashion.
When clean, a keffiyeh may be used as a bandage to stop bleeding in open wounds and as a sling to hold a broken arm before seeking further medical assistance. When it is very hot and you need to cool off, you can submerge a keffiyeh in water and wrap it around your neck.
Another use worth mentioning is its use as an eye mask to use when getting some sleep during the day or when lights are on in a hostel. If you do not have a keffiyeh yet, you do not know what you are missing.
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