Abu Mohammad Hirbawi was searching for an old photo in a negative strip (before digital photography). He discovered a negative photo of a traditional black and white Kufiya in inverted colours. Inspiration! He immediately sat down at his machine and designed an inverted Palestinian Kufiya. Here is the result.
Handmade in Palestine
The Kufiya holds deep symbolic value for the Palestinian people and serves as an icon of resistance, strugle and freedom.
The Hirbawi Kuffiya is not only a unique accent-piece of premium quality, but also designed with specific functionalities in mind:
Keeps you cool under the sun and in hot climates.
Effective shielding against dust and fast-blowing winds.
Excellent moisture-wicking properties, directing sweat and moisture away from the skin.
The Kufiya now comes in a variety of colours and patterns that are evolving alongside the Palestinian people. Today, we offer a wide selection of modern designs as well as the traditional staple patterns that are known and loved around the world.
The Hirbawi family runs the last remaining kufiya factory in Palestine, producing the recognizable iconic designs known all around the world today.
Yassar Hirbawi, who founded the factory in 1962, describes a daily struggle to keep the factory afloat, now facing strong competition from cheaper kufiya manufacturers overseas and an unstable political environment at home.
Designed by the Hirbawi family at the last standing factory in Palestine, each Kufiya is handmade using a specific cross-stitching honed over decades. Only a handful of people still hold the generational knowledge of this time-honoured technique, which can be easily felt by the quality of the Kufiya’s materials and stitching.
Help support an authentic local Palestinian business, and breathe new life into Palestinian textile craftsmanship by ordering a Kufiya today!
Support the Palestinian cause by buying from Palestinian artisans and businesses who are crippled economically due to the illegal occupation.
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