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Bethlehem Hirbawi® Kufiya

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The birthplace of Christianity is subject to many a carol or nativity play. Yet the story of this little town is far more complex. The gentle colours commemorate the city’s vibrant streets, lined with shops selling Palestinian jewelry, olive carvings, almonds, spices, and oriental sweets such as baklawa.

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

Bethlehem Hirbawi® Kufiya

25 incl. VAT

In stock

The birthplace of Christianity is subject to many a carol or nativity play. Yet the story of this little town is far more complex. The gentle colours commemorate the city’s vibrant streets, lined with shops selling Palestinian jewelry, olive carvings, almonds, spices, and oriental sweets such as baklawa.

  • 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 Kufiya continues to hold deep and symbolic value, and serves as an icon of resistance, struggle and freedom for the Palestinian people. 

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

The Original Kufiya

Embroidered by Hand

For All Seasons

Behtlehem City

The Story

The House of Bread
(بيت لحم)

Bethlehem is very much the historical sister city of Jerusalem, making its walled-off separation from the capital all the more unatural. It is now encircled and encroached upon by dozens of Israeli settlements and the Israeli West Bank barrier, which separates both Muslim and Christian communities from their land and livelihoods, and sees a steady exodus from both communities.

Christian families that have lived in Bethlehem for hundreds of years are being forced to leave as land in Bethlehem is seized, and homes bulldozed, for construction of thousands of new Israeli homes. Land seizures for Israeli settlements have also prevented construction of a new hospital for the inhabitants of Bethlehem, as well as the barrier separating dozens of Palestinian families from their farmland and Christian communities from their places of worship.

An ancient home to Christian and Muslim families alike, Bethlehem (بيت لحم) today is at the frontline of the Palestinian struggle. It’s fertile land and ancient aquifers, enroached by dozens of illegal settlements. It’s families, forced to struggle under apartheid, or leave.