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Yafa Hirbawi® Kufiya

22 incl. VAT

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Yafa (يافا) or “Jaffa”, meaning beauty in Canaanite, is the name given to the largest city in historic Palestine, before the 1948 Nakba. With a broad view of the Mediterranean coastline, this kufiya is inspired by the gentle seaside of this great port city.

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

Yafa Hirbawi® Kufiya

22 incl. VAT

In stock

Yafa (يافا) or “Jaffa”, meaning beauty in Canaanite, is the name given to the largest city in historic Palestine, before the 1948 Nakba. With a broad view of the Mediterranean coastline, this kufiya is inspired by the gentle seaside of this great port city.

  • 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

Yafa Town

The Story

The Great Port City (يافا)

Once the epicentre of the Palestinian economy, the people of Yafa built their city on one major trade, citrus groves, and in particular, the world renowned Yafa Orange. By the 1930s, Yafa was exporting tens of millions of citrus crates to the rest of the world, earning the city an important place in the global economy. With its success, the city proliferated with new businesses; from banks and shipping firms, to numerous factories producing glass, metal, textiles, sweets and more.

Sadly, fortunes would run dry, as at the declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel, Zionist military forces displaced 95 percent of Yafa’s indigenous Arab Palestinian population. The Palestinians of Yafa had lost everything overnight; their city, their friends, their families, their property and their entire physical and social environment. Today the estimated number of Palestinian refugees from Yafa hovers around 700,000, an estimated one-tenth of the Palestinian refugee population.

The story of Yafa’s ongoing Nakba is the story of the transformation of this thriving modern urban center into a marginalized people suffering from poverty, discrimination, gentrification, crime and demolition since the initial wave of mass expulsion in 1948 to the present day.