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The Original Kufiya // Keffiyeh

Yafa Hirbawi® Kufiya

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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.

Handmade in Palestine

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Handmade in Palestine

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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!

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.