The Shemagh, also known as a keffiyeh, is classic desert head wear and is a versatile Middle Eastern head scarf popular with regular and special forces. The Shemagh, as it is commonly called, provides protection from sun, sand and wind. It is also useful as winter headgear and doubles as a useful sweat mop, dust wiper and field towel as required.
The Shemagh is much more than a head cloth for a desert environment to protect the wearer from heat, sand and the elements. It is a filter to breathe through in a dust storm, emergency bandage material, fire starting tinder and camouflage to name just a few uses. You won't find a more versatile piece of inexpensive equipment that the Shemagh. Can also be used as a Medical Sling, Neck Warmer and Hand Towel.
The Shemagh is currently being used by U.S. and British Forces.
The BCB International Explorer Original Desert Shemagh is woven and not printed.