Traditional Palestinian scarf was first worn as scarves by peasant farmers to protect them from the sun and dust. In the 1930s the keffiyeh became a symbol of resistance when the farmers revolted against the British occupiers. Today the keffiyeh continues to hold deep symbolic meaning while also serving practical uses as a scarf, table cloth, and so on. The one factory in Palestine that continues to make keffiyehs can be found in the heart of Hebron. The Herbawi Keffiyeh Factory has a dozen antique machines, run by the Herbawi family since they founded the factory in 1961. Today they struggle to compete with cheap imported keffiyehs from China, though the quality of the original, handmade in Palestine keffiyehs is far superior! All purchases from Handmade Palestine support fair trade artisans and 100% of the profit is donated to a local not-for-profit to plant trees and protect Palestine’s environment.
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