Hirbawi Black and White Kufiyas

Regular price $ 36.00

Sorry, we sold out online 12/19! We'll post on social media if we're able to get any more in stock. Thank you!

These are the traditional black and white Kufiyas from Hirbawi, Palestine's last Kufiya manufacturer. 

We get these Kufiyas through Women in Hebron, a women's cooperative based in Idna, that makes Palestinian handicraft items. We've been carrying their beautiful zippered pouches and Hirbawi's Kufiyas in our store for many years and we encourage everyone to support them.

*These are not eligible for any discount code as we're selling them at cost.

About Women in Hebron:

Women in Hebron is a Palestinian nonprofit fair trade cooperative under the Idna Cooperative Association for Embroidery and Handicrafts. Idna is a mid-sized Palestinian city of around 25,000 people, located to the southwest of Hebron in the West Bank.

Women in Hebron was established as part of the cooperative association’s efforts to provide women in Hebron district the resources to provide for themselves and their families through the production and sales of Palestinian handicraft items. Our work began in 2005, when our founder and director, Nawal Slemiah, began selling items in the Old City souq (market) of Hebron in the occupied H2 sector, a short distance from the Ibrahimi Mosque. Since 2005, Women in Hebron has grown from a small table along the main thoroughfare of the market to a permanent fixture in the Old City. As a result of our handicraft sales through Women in Hebron, The Idna Cooperative Association has been able to open a small community center in the village of Idna, where members of the association can gather together to do their work, take part in educational programs, and socialize with their peers.

The one hundred and fifty women who produce the items that are sold come from across Hebron district from eight cities and villages. The proceeds from sales provide themselves and their families with additional income that could not otherwise be obtained through part-time employment.

Our work is based on the idea that developing Palestinian handicrafts is more than just an income-generating project. It is in of itself an act of community-strengthening, of honoring the role of women in our society, and a means to show sumud – steadfastness – in the face of the occupation of Palestine and the harm it has done to the people of Hebron. (from their website)

About Hirbawi:

For those who are yet unfamiliar, the Hirbawi Factory is a factory that produces Kufiya or Keffiyeh, which are the quintessential patterned scarves they wear in the Middle East. Once, the thriving production of kufiyas in the region is almost non-existent due to heavily import-dependent oil economies, which affected local manufacturing. 

Hirbawi Factory is the only place where you can buy authentic products firsthand. Known for being the only and last authentic producer of Kufiya in Palestine, this factory contributes to society by providing your favorite fabric. It is considered a landmark and essential staple within the Palestinian community.

Located in the city of Hebron (also known as Al-Khalil), the largest city in West Bank, Palestine, the Hirbawi Factory stationed in an area that has been rife with ethnic conflict for quite some time. On top of that, frequent power outages and lockdowns affect daily operations as well. Given this fact, it is considered a testament to the tenacity, work ethic, and determination of the Palestinian people. Nevertheless, it has been able to remain to stay afloat for many decades. (from their website)