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The Original Kufiya // Keffiyeh

Alquds Hirbawi® Kufiya

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A tribute to the spirit of Jerusalem, or Al Quds (القدس). The heart of hearts, and most prominent symbol of the Palestinian diaspora. Made with a light gold pattern and raw cotton base, the Al Quds kufiya is solemnly dedicated to one of the oldest and holiest cities in human existence.

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!

Jerusalem, the Heart of Hearts

Jerusalem, or Al Quds (القدس), is the centre-stage of the Palestinian story. One of the oldest cities in the world, Jerusalem’s economy was historically supported almost exclusively by religious pilgrims, as it was located far from the major ports of Jaffa and Gaza.

Both Palestinians and Israelis claim Jerusalem as their capital. During the Partition Plan of 1948, the British (in classic colonial style) envisioned the city as divided between a Palestinian state and a new Jewish state. When the Palestinians did not accept the plan, Israel instead took control of West Jerusalem and declared itself a Zionist State, exclusive to its Jewish population. War erupted, and with time, Israel has cemented full control of both West Jerusalem, along with East Jerusalem and many major parts of the Arab territory allotted to the future Palestinian State.

Paradoxically, Zionism recoiled from Jerusalem, particularly the Old City. First because Jerusalem was regarded as a symbol of the diaspora and a rallying point for Palestinians, and second because the holy sites to Christianity and Islam were seen as complications that would not fit in with the narrative of the creation of an exclusively Jewish state with Jerusalem as its capital. Perspectives would shift as a right-wing religious Likud party took control of Israel. Spurring a growing far-right Jewish Settler population in its rhetoric, under the Likud Jerusalem gradually became center of a cultlike devotion that had not existed before.

Today, the ethnic composition of Jerusalem’s population has remained about 30 percent Palestinian – but are in no way equal to their Jewish neighbours. Identification cards are regularily revoked, and police crackdowns on any form of dissent or Palestinian nationalism are regular. From its high seat, the Palestinians of Jerusalem take on lives as outcasts in their own land, a minority of second-class citizens. In Jerusalem, new Palestinian leaders are being born. In Jerusalem, the heart of hearts, the Palestinian story takes shape.

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