The color combination of the scarf is said to indicate what unit the wearer was attached to. The scarves were given as awards, by the unit, for bravery and service
These Scarves were put on only in the last minutes before the Village Forces of the VC and PAVN (Peoples Army for the Liberation of Vietnam) and National Liberation Front, District Militia's went into battle. To be found with one meant arrest or execution.
Mostly wearing their everyday clothes and with many NVA soldiers hard to distinguish from the RVN all combatants would wear some distinguishing features when involved in open battle or combat in free fire zones where subterfuge was no longer required.
These items are probably to he most sought after of the NLF Pieces.