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Keffiyeh vs. Shemagh: What's the Difference?

Keffiyeh and Shemagh Definitions

Keffiyeh

A square of cloth, often embroidered, traditionally worn as a headdress by Arab men, either by winding it around the head or by folding it into a triangle, draping it over the head, and securing it with an agal. Also called shemagh.

Shemagh

See keffiyeh.

Keffiyeh

A headdress traditionally worn by some Arabs, also used as a scarf.

Shemagh

A headcloth designed for a desert environment to protect the wearer from sand and heat.

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