Shemaghs were originally used to protect desert travelers against overexposure to the blistering sun. Over time, the scarf became more than travel wear. It evolved into a status symbol and a fashion statement. It is more prevalent now than it ever has been. Shemaghs are an attention piece for many high fashion outfits, however, a simple scarf is most common. No matter how you wear it, you’ll definitely looked cultured with a shemagh.