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The Original Kufiya // Keffiyeh

Haifa Hirbawi® Kufiya

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Palestinians call the city of Haifa “Umm al-Gharib”, meaning ‘mother of the stranger’, referring to its renowned diversity & dynamism.

Handmade in Palestine

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Handmade in Palestine

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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.

  • Embroidered by Hand
  • Warm and Comfortable
  • Authentic Palestinian Designs
  • Breathable and moisture-wicking fabric
  • Fabric weight: 170g/m²
  • Dimensions: 47” x 47”
  • 85% Cotton, 15% High Quality Synthetic
  • Hand Wash Recommended
  • Machine Wash Warm (Delicate or Gentle Cycle)
  • Mild Detergent
  • Air Dry

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!

Mother of the Stranger (حيفا)

At the turn of the 20th century, the port city of Haifa was the leading city of Palestine. Its bustling manufacturing and journalism sectors attracted Muslim, Jewish and Christian Palestinian immigrants from across the country. Its elegant architecture built of carefully hammered stones. Most of them overlooking the seashore.

Haifa was an important cultural center in the Arab world, which offered its residnets and imigrants from neighboring Arabic countries a complex offer of jobs and educational centers. Both helped to create a cultured and a wealthy society. Once home to a 50% Arab population just before the war that established Israel in 1948, down to just 11% today. Still, Haifa remains a jewel example of a cosmopolitan Palestinian city, and a representative of what could have been, or could still be.