AUTHENTIC PALESTINIAN KUFIYAS
A National Symbol of Resilience.
Raise your kufiya up high! The Kufiya has long been a part of Palestinian culture and identity. It boomed in popularity after Yasser Arafat’s use brought it into common fashion. Wearing a kufiya shows support for Palestine... but not all kufiyas are made equal.
Keeping tradition alive, the Hirbawi Kufiya is the only kufiya to be authentically made in Palestine. Yasser Hirbawi opened his historic factory in 1961, quickly becoming the world leader in this high-quality, globally recognized kufiya.
The Meaning Behind the Design.
The Last Factory Standing.
After multiple decades of booming success, production at the Hirbawi factory abruptly fell from over 150,000 kufiyas per year in 1993 to a mere 10,000 in 2010. Why?
Starting in the early 1990s, cheaply made kufiyas from China and India began to flood the markets. Additionally, the Hirbawi factory faced the added obstacles of checkpoints within the country, making the import of materials and the export of final products increasingly difficult.
After supporters of the Palestinian-made Hirbawi Kufiya brought such issues to light, the international community responded. Now, after decades of decline, the Hirbawi factory is on the rise.
Although, Yasser Hirbawi passed in 2018, his two sons carry on the determination, passion, and commitment their father instilled in them, the business, and Palestinian supporters worldwide.
Generations of Artisanship.
Made in the ancient city of Hebron, Hirbawi Kufiyas are unique, having been fashioned by the same reliable technique for nearly 60 years! Hirbawi’s traditional methods set them apart from many cheap knock-offs from abroad, using the Jacquard Loom as an essential part of creating these specialty kufiyas, handmade with love.
The loom allows for more complex designs to be incorporated into production. This special machine is responsible for the iconic patterning now recognized in the kufiya. The Jacquard Looms used at the Hirbawi factory are the same as used all the way back when it opened in 1961!
The Hirbawi factory is more than a place of production: it is a symbol of resilience, resistance, and strength in the face of overwhelming odds. It is a place to celebrate the Palestinian culture authentically, and a reminder as to the need of supporting domestic economies whenever possible. Passion and perseverance are sewn into every thread of each Hirbawi Kufiya.