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Beit Sahour Hirbawi® Kufiya

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The Beit Sahour (بيت ساحور) kufiya represents the dark rich soil of the town, nestled in a valley outside Bethlehem. Christian tradition holds this small town to be the site of the Sheperds Field, the place in biblical scripture where the angels announced the birth of Jesus of Nazareth to the shepherds.

  • Warm and Comfortable
  • Breathable and Moisture-Wicking Fabric
  • Fabric weight: 170g/m²
  • Dimensions: 47” x 47”
  • 85% Cotton, 15% High Quality Synthetic

Beit Sahour Hirbawi® Kufiya

25 incl. VAT

In stock

The Beit Sahour (بيت ساحور) kufiya represents the dark rich soil of the town, nestled in a valley outside Bethlehem. Christian tradition holds this small town to be the site of the Sheperds Field, the place in biblical scripture where the angels announced the birth of Jesus of Nazareth to the shepherds.

  • Warm and Comfortable
  • Breathable and Moisture-Wicking Fabric
  • Fabric weight: 170g/m²
  • Dimensions: 47” x 47”
  • 85% Cotton, 15% High Quality Synthetic

PALESTINIAN SOLIDARITY

The Keffiyeh (pronounced “Kufiya” in Palestine) continues to hold deep and symbolic value, and serves as an icon of resistance, struggle and freedom for the Palestinian people. 

The Hirbawi Keffiyeh is handmade using a classic cross-stitching technique honed over generations. The Keffiyeh is traditionally woven on two layers, the “base”, and the “pattern” or “flower” ( وردة) in Arabic. Beyond its unmatched quality, the Keffiyeh maintains its original functionality:

  • Keeping you cool in hot climates under direct sunlight.
  • Effective shielding against dust and fast-blowing winds.
  • Excellent moisture-wicking properties, directing sweat and moisture away from the skin.
 

The Keffiyeh 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 Keffiyeh patterns that are known and loved around the world.

The Original Kufiya

Embroidered by Hand

For All Seasons

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The Story

The House of Dawn

The name of the township of “Beit Sahour” (بيت ساحور) means the “House of Dawn”, and relates to the ancient shepherds of the town who would stay up until dawn, “sahar” in Arabic, to watch over their flock. Shepherds are a common theme with Beit Sahour. A stone throw from the hilly town of Bethlehem, Christian tradition holds the valley to be the site of the Shepherds Field, the place in biblical scripture where the angels shone in the sky, and announced to a group of wandering shepherds, that the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, was born.

The biblical role of the shepherds plays an important story of Beit Sahour even today. Shepherds were always among the lower rungs of the social ladder, and yet in the story of the bible, it was neither a king nor a priest, but the humble shepherd who would be the first to receive the message of God’s return to Earth. In a turbulent region conquered perpetually, by English kings, Ottoman Sultans, and now under illegal occupation, the message to the shepherds of the Beit Sahour valley is a gripping story of deliverance and liberation, and it has shaped the thinking of the Sahouri people for centuries.

Beit Sahour today is one of the last remaining Christian-majority towns in Palestine. Nestled within a predominantly Islamic communities, over the centuries the pluralistic society of the greater Bethlehem area has pushed the people of Beit Sahour to learn to be tolerant with their Muslim neighbours, whilst also offering something unique. As the last vestige of Christian Palestinian heritage, it is ingrained in the Sahouri people to do more, to protect their heritage and community, and become stronger.