The keffiyeh or kufiya (Arabic: كُوفِيَّة kūfiyyah, meaning “from the city of Kufa” (الْكُوفَة);, also known as a ghutrah (غُترَة), shemagh (شُمَاغ šumāġ), ḥaṭṭah (حَطَّة), masa dah (مَشَدَة), chafiye, dismal Yazdi (Persian: دستمال یزدی, Kurdish: دەستمال یەزدی decimal yezdî) or cemedanî (Kurdish: جەمەدانی), is a traditional Arabian headdress, or what is sometimes called a habit, that originated in the Arabian Peninsula, and is now worn throughout the Middle-East region. It is fashioned from a square scarf and is usually made of cotton. The Keffiyeh is commonly found in arid regions, as it provides protection from sunburn, dust, and sand. Toward the end of the 1980s, the keffiyeh became a fashion accessory in the United States, and, during the 2000s, it became very popular among teenagers in Tokyo, Japan, where it is often worn with camouflage-style clothing.
During his sojourn with the Marsh Arabs of Iraq, Gavin Young noted that the local sayyids—”venerated men accepted […] as descendants of the Prophet Muhammad and Ali ibn Abi Talib”—wore dark green keffiyeh (keffiyeh) in contrast to the black-and-white checkered examples typical of the area’s inhabitants.
Many Palestinian keffiyehs are a mix of cotton and wool, which facilitates quick drying and, when desired, keeping the wearer’s head warm. The keffiyeh is usually folded in half (into a triangle) and the fold worn across the forehead. Often, the keffiyeh is held in place by a circlet of rope called an agal (Arabic: عقال, ʿiqāl). Some wearers wrap the keffiyeh into a turban, while others wear it loosely draped around the back and shoulders.
Hats are headcovers these are worn for various purposes for head safety or protection. On the other hand’s many types of hats available in our store.
A taqiya is sometimes worn underneath the keffiyeh; in the past, it has also been wrapped around the rim of a fez. The keffiyeh is almost always of white cotton cloth, but many have a checkered pattern in red or black stitched into them. The plain white keffiyeh is most popular in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf—in Kuwait and Bahrain to the exclusion of almost any other style. The keffiyeh is worn by men of all ages, whether on the head or around the shoulders.