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Olive Wood Oasis® Prayer Beads

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A piece of Palestine in your hand. Prayer Beads (known as “Misbaha”, مِسْبَحَة) are used during prayers, meditation, for stress release as well as Palestinian folklore dance (dabke) where the lead dancer twirls a string of prayer beads in one hand. This is a limited-time product offered by Hirbawi for April 2022, in support of Olive Wood workshops in Palestine that produce and sell this authentic Palestinian accessory during celebrations of Ramadan and the Christian Orthodox Easter. Read more at Olive Wood Oasis.

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!

The Misbaha, Handcrafted By Palestinian Artisans

Every Prayer Bead Misbaha is unique, handmade by numerous small workshops, and renowned across Palestine; Olive Wood Prayer Beads combine the religious sacredness of the olive tree and a celebratory dimension of Palestinian culture.

The purchase of these prayer beads supports local Palestinian farmers who harvest and trim the trees, and the families who own and take care of the land as well as the artisans and workshops who craft the prayer beads. At Hirbawi we believe in fair trade which is based on the simple idea that the products bought and sold are connected to the livelihoods of others. And so, in collabroation with other Palestinian Businesses such as Olive Wood Oasis, we are committed to responsible, sustainable, fair, and community-based production and trade.

The olive tree is deeply rooted in Palestinian culture. The light of the olive oil lamp is traditionally a symbol of God who is the light of the world; the olive tree is considered the blessed tree and its branches are a symbol of peace. The importance of the olive tree is best described by Mahmoud Darwish, Palestine’s most renowned poet, when referring to the political reality “If the olive trees knew the hands that planted them, their oil would become tears.” Throughout generations, Palestinians have used almost every aspect of that tree: from olives to olive oil, to olive oil soap, and to olive wood handicraft. Not a drop or branch of the tree is wasted, and so many Palestinian families live off its blessings.

These handcrafted olive wood pieces are made from local olive trees that are up to 800 years old. Olive trees are not cut for their wood due to their sacredness within the Palestinian community. Instead, off-cuts from the annual pruning and trimming are used to produce the handicrafts. The olive wood is known for its distinctive quality, durability and is naturally antimicrobial.

Every prayer bead is unique and has its own story to tell. Kindly help us to spread those stories.

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