Saudi shaylah wrapping technique

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Ive had several sisters ask how I wrap my shaylah. Its kind of a style typical to Saudi women and you see the wrapping method quite clearly when they wear colored scarves outside of Saudi. like if you see a Saudi woman here in the US, chances are she has on a colored pashmina style shaylah wrapped like this.  Personally I find it the most comfortable shaylah style as its very practical with few bits hanging down, getting in your way. Only problem is, you do need a longer length shaylah to achieve chest coverage. In saudi this isnt a huge problem as most shaylahs, even the colored pashminas come a bit longer/wider than whats normally available here and its possible to even buy black crepe shaylahs which are emensely long-maybe like 3 meters even, so one end hangs to the waist and you can still wrap twice and have plenty of left over. Those are hard to get out of Saudi and even in Saudi can be pricy because of the longer length of material.

anyway…the key to this style is tension! Obviously an underscarf is key. I dont need any pins when I do this, just tension and tucking. It takes practice.

One side is much longer. You can either leave the plain edge out like I did in the picture or like the Saudi girl at the top, tuck a small bit of the edge under before you start wrapping. It kind of gives more volume to the front of the shaylah.

This is where you start tucking.

Voila…obviously you can tweak it to make it look purty, or just leave it sorta “whatever”. you choose.

I hope this helps!

2 thoughts on “Saudi shaylah wrapping technique

  1. I do this sometimes, but I pin the shaylah in the back at the end. I never thought about just tucking! I would be worried it would come undone at an inopportune time… :p

    • well…it does dept. on fabric…very slippery fabrics like chiffon would slip…but ive used pure silk shaylahs, cotton, cotton blends, wool and regular crepe (kinds used in Gulf) and havent had any slippage at all…i do norm use an underscarf, but that doesnt do much beyond ensuring the scarf doesnt slide back. Also, like in the Gulf, women do adjust their shaylahs as they wear them. Ive noticed here in the US women refuse to adjust their scarves if they become too loose to floppy or whatever, in Saudi for example, its common for women to every so often, unwrap it a bit-yes in public, while walking-there IS a method, and while looking down, you use 1 hand to keep snugness of the scarf around the face/head and use the other hand to rewrap. This is needed mostly with crepe shaylahs…with cottons/silks and other grippy fabrics they dont loose tension too easily.

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