The Red Kuffiya
The red kuffiya is mostly used in Gulf Countries and in Jordan. It’s part of their traditional dress. Meanwhile in Palestine the red keffiyeh is worn by followers of left, marxist parties such as the PFLP.
Anyhow, the traditional keffiyeh of Palestine is the checkered one with black on white. It is also worn by followers of Fateh. But in general it's the traditional keffiyeh used in Palestine.
Original Hirbawi Keffiyehs
All keffiyeh shawls on Handmade Palestine are fairly sourced from the Hirbawi Factory in Hebron, which was established by Yasser Hirbawi in 1961. At the time the factory was operating with full potential of 15 machines, meanwhile after 1993 and the oslo accord, importing fake keffiyeh shawls from China became easier and cheaper which competed with Hirbawi factory, leaving it to only operate with 4 machines.
Was it red or black or any color, we wear the keffiyeh as a resemblance of our love to our country and our culture, to represent Palestine when we travel abroad and give it as a gift to our loved ones.
You can read more about the history of keffiyeh here
Many of our friends and supporters ask if it’s okay for non-arabs to wear the keffiyeh or if that’s considered cultural appropriation. We covered these answers in an article also.