THE HIRBAWI KUFIYA
Tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood in Hebron, one of Palestine’s largest cities in the West Bank, the steady drumming of machinery spills out from a small, unassuming backroom shop. Here lies the Hirbawi Textile Factory. With its busy production line, day and night its local Palestinian artisans are continuously weaving authentic kufiyas, in a variety of colours and local patterns. Keeping the tradition alive, the Hirbawi Kufiya is the only Kufiya to be authentically made in Palestine.
Yasser Hirbawi opened his historic factory in 1961. Remaining faithful to the traditional techniques, each kufiya is still designed and produced at the factory to this day. The Kufiyas are handmade using a specific cross-stitching honed to perfection over the 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 material and stitching.
The Kufiya now comes in a variety of colours and patterns that are evolving alongside Palestinian culture. Today, a wide selection of designs are available, based on historic landmarks, and elements of Palestinian culture, as well as the traditional staple Kufiya patterns that are known and loved around the world. From towns to cities, monasteries, lakes, hilltops and local vegetation, the colours of the Hirbawi Kufiya are truly inspired by Palestine.