Why DesertDress is the Number 1
Shemagh Scarf Retailer

Questions to ask when buying a
Shemagh Scarf?

Q1) Is the chequered design printed on or is it stitched on?

All our scarf’s are stitched and not the cheaper printed types

Q2) What sort of material is it; cheap plastic like or cotton?

The Majority of our scarf’s are Cotton and come shrink wrapped

Q3) What is the size of the Shemagh?

Our Black, Red & Maroon Scarfs are a huge 50" square (127cm square)

Our Green, Blue & White Scarfs are an enormous 55" square (140cm square)

Q4) How are your'e Shemagh Scarfs so good value?

We've checked our competitors prices who sell inferior scarfs. We import in huge
volume, and hence can pass on our savings to our customers. Buy one now!

Q5) How do I wear a Shemagh & what is its History?

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The Shemagh is probably one of the most useful piece of equipment a soldier can have. Shemagh is a square
cotton cloth. It comes in a variety of color combinations (red/white - black/white - maroon/white - green/white -
blue/white, etc.) - the more dominant color is sewn or woven into the cloth in a pattern. When used correctly, as
originally intended - a head wrap, the Shemagh is surprisingly comfortable. But it also have several other uses -
here is a short list of it's potential uses:

  • as a head wrap - keeping sun or snow, wind, sand and dust - out of eyes, face and neck.
  • as a face veil - concealing the face.
  • as a scarf worn around the neck - retains heat in the cold and absorbs sweat/protects the neck in hot &
    sunny conditions.
  • as a small sunshade cover whilst resting
  • as an arm sling - giving a wounded arm support.
  • as a foot wrap - replacing a lost sock.
  • as a carrying pouch for equipment.
  • as a towel.
  • as a short rope

The Shemagh is a traditional head wrap originating from the Middle East/Arabic culture developed from the
Arabic turban - and have been used by them for centuries. Now days it's perhaps publicly best know as used by
the Palestinians in Israel. To the western world and - in military use - the British SAS (Special Air Service)
discovered the Shemaghs potential when operating in northern Africa's deserts during the WW2. It has been a
popular and valuable piece of the SAS soldiers equipment ever since and have spread from there.