Traditional keffiyehs in Palestine were first worn as scarves by peasant farmers to protect 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! Read more about the history of the keffiyeh and more on how to wear a keffiyeh
The most famous kufiya scarf in Palestine is the traditional black and white one, while in other countries such as in Jordan, they wear the red and white one. Throughout the years different patterns were developed, mostly coming from Europe (according to Judeh the manager of the factory) to include more colors, but sticking to the same patterns.
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