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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.

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

Dheisheh Hirbawi® Kufiya

25 incl. VAT

In stock

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.

  • 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

Dheisheh Town

The Story

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 Palestinian 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 protestors. With countless arrests of Dheisheh 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.