Kufiya.org belongs to MADEinPALESTINE.de, an online shop that offers to international consumers a range of products made in Palestine by Palestinians producers and artisans. We strongly believe that trading Palestinian products is an act of resistance against the Israeli occupation and a step forward towards the liberation and self-determination of the Palestinian people. We consider that it goes hand in hand with the boycott of Israeli products.
Traditionally worn by farmers, the black and white Kufiya became synonymous with the quest for Arab independence from a decades-long colonial rule. In the 1960s, the very same black-and-white pattern, worn by Yasser Arafat, became the symbol of the Palestinian liberation struggle and soon turned into a means to convey the Palestinian message to the world: their wish and thirst for freedom.
Nowadays, the kufiya is more than a Palestinian emblem. It has become a controversial fashion item worn by rappers, political activists, artists and designers around the world. But ironically, the scarves sold in Europe or in Jerusalem and Bethlehem souvenir shops are not made in Palestine. The fame of the kufiya, symbol of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, has hit hard the local traditional weavers who could not compete with the cheap and low-quality scarves made in China and India.