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Abu Dis Hirbawi® Kufiya

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The now widely popular Abu Dis is in fact, one of the few kufiyas that originated by accident. When we used the wrong yarn to produce the Al Quds (Jerusalem), instead, this charming golden Kufiya was the result. Dedicated to the ancient village, Abu Dis borders the city of Jerusalem. A neighbour both geographically, and in colour.

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 Origins of Abu Dis Hirbawi® Kufiya

Abu Dis (أبو ديس) is a Palestinian village of ancient origins, and in its very existence, a symbol of Palestinian self-determination. Located on the border of Jerusalem (Al Quds), Abu Dis rests within deep valleys, surrounded by ancient Byzantine ruins of grape presses and caves. Though in close proximity to Jerusalem, the populous Abu Dis has stood resolute and independent from its larger sibling, as a populous farming village and a major exporter of wheat and barley, grapes, olives, fruit trees, beans, and products from goats and bees. Following the Second Intifada in 2004, and decades of failed attempts to assimilate Abu Dis into greater Jerusalem; Israeli Authorities instead surrounded the village by constructing the West Bank Barrier, a 20-foot-high concrete wall running through the West Bank. The Israeli-built wall fractured the village, separating family homes from one another and forcing Abu Dis’s farmers to give up agricultural land. To date, Israel has confiscated land from Abu Dis in order to construct two illegal Israeli settlements, and 85.2% of Abu Dis’ land was classified as Area C, under full Israeli governmental control. The UN charges that the barrier has severely disrupted access to schools, hospitals, and work throughout the West Bank. Israel says that the route of the barrier is determined a security measure, not a political tool Famously, scenes from the film Omar were shot in Abu-dis, such as the first scene when Omar climbs the Israeli West Bank barrier to visit his lover. Similarly, Abu Dis declares itself an entity independent from any other township in history and character, yet the village is intertwined with a deep longing to reconnect with its Palestinian brethren and heritage, across the barrier.

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