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Dheisheh Hirbawi® Kufiya

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Dheisheh is one of three Palestinian refugee camps in Bethlehem. First created in 1949 to accommodate displaced Palestinians from more than 45 villages west of Jerusalem. The people of Dheisheh are very special. Despite poor living conditions, they have a very high level of education, they are resistant, resilient, and good-humored. To them, we dedicate this energetic, elegant, and vibrant design.

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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!

A Camp Made Of Concrete

Since 1948, refugee camps have been home to nearly one third of all displaced Palestinians. When we think about refugee camps, we typically picture rows of tents. However, after more than 70 years since their establishment, Palestinian refugee camps today are far more… concrete, in a literal sense. Each tent, not lasting more than a few years, steadily would be replaced with concrete walls and rooftops, as Palestiniian families learned to face the indefinite, enduring prospect of their expulsion.

Dheisheh camp is one of those communities. Hosting around 13,000 people, the camp residents are widely renowned for their resistant spark and expressive wit when it comes to dealing with the reality of their occupation. Despite being under full Palestinian control (Area A), the Israeli military still conducts frequent incursions and arrests inside the camp, to put down regular rioters. With countless arrests of Dheisheh male residents in the first & second intifadas, and even attempts to completely fence off the entire camp, the Israeli Military sees Dheisheh as a black spot, a bugging reminder of its criminal and illegal occupation.

The wall on the entrance to the camp serves as a ‘wall of honor’ to those residents of the camp who have been killed by the Israeli military. Names of the villages where camp residents have been displaced cover the wall, this is so their roots and where they came from is not forgotten or lost in the displacement. As homage to its history, Dheisheh residents even erected a literal Concrete Tent as a monument. An expression of the paradox of the Palestinian Refugee Tent, a home meant to be temporary and mobile far from so. The Concrete Tent has become a symbol of the camp, and a site of exchange, debates and self-reflection. Similarily, we dedicate the Dheisheh Kufiya to the everlasting fortitude of the people of Dheisheh.

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