Arabian Black Igal Head Egal Agal Desert Cord Lot Shemagh Scarf Saudi Palestine

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Black Igal with Tassels/No Tassels - fit most people, size ~56-60 cm circumference
Rare white/gold Igal - fit most people, size ~56-60 cm circumference
Festive gold/silver - fit most people, size ~56-60 cm circumference

Gold/Silver Igal - adjustable, min circumference 48cm , max circumference 90cm
Kids Gold Igal - adjustable, min circumference 37cm , max circumference 82cm

Note: The igal is worn on top of the scarf/shemagh; not around the head. Therefore, the igal should fit use for most people.


The terms "Igal" and "Agal" refer to traditional Arabic headwear accessories worn by men, particularly in the Arabian Peninsula and other parts of the Middle East. These accessories are an integral part of traditional Arab attire and carry cultural and historical significance. Here's an introduction to both:

  1. Igal:

    • The Igal is a cord-like headband traditionally worn to secure the headscarf, known as the "Ghutrah" or "Shemagh."
    • It is typically made of black cord and is worn atop the headscarf to keep it in place.
    • The Igal is commonly associated with the Arabian Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.
    • Different regions may have variations in the design and style of the Igal.

  3. Cultural Significance:

    • Both the Igal and Agal have deep-rooted cultural significance. They are considered symbols of honor, tradition, and cultural identity in many Arab societies.
    • The way the Igal is worn, and the color and design of the cord can sometimes indicate the wearer's tribal or regional affiliation.
    • Over time, the Igal and Agal have become iconic elements of Arabic dress, representing a connection to the rich history and traditions of the Middle East.
  4. Modern Usage:

    • While the Igal and Agal are deeply rooted in tradition, they continue to be an essential part of modern Arab male attire.
    • They are worn in various settings, from everyday life to formal occasions, and are often featured in media representations of Arab culture.

In summary, the Igal and Agal are symbolic accessories that play a significant role in defining the traditional male Arab attire. They not only serve a practical purpose in securing the headscarf but also hold cultural, regional, and historical significance, representing a connection to the rich heritage of the Middle East.