Why is the classic Hirbawi keffiyeh design the way it is?


 

Most often, we don't think if things are designed the way they are.  Creative design that someone accidentally created, and it became a hit? Not the case with Hirbawi Black and White kufiya. Here is the breakdown 

Livelihood: In Palestinian culture, the Kufiya resembles a fishnet, a symbol of the livelihood of the people of Palestine. Fishing used to be one of the main pillars of the Palestinian economy. However, it has declined drastically in recent decades due to a neighboring state's ever-growing security concerns.

Trade Routes: The lines cutting through the fishnet are symbolic of the three trade routes that pass through Palestine. These routes are so ancient they were used during the Old Testament times.

Hirbawi Black and White kufiya trade route

Resilience: Lastly, the olive leaves are symbolic of the strength of the people of Palestine. Besides having an economic significance in Palestinians' lives, olive trees are resistant to draughts and grow under poor soil conditions; they represent Palestinian resistance and resilience.Olive leaves on Black and White Hirbawi Kufiya

 

Luckily it isn't just our all-time favorite Black and White Hirbawi keffiyeh with this design; many other kufiyas employ either all of the described elements or two out of three.