The ancient harbour of Akka (عكا, “Acre”) has bared more than just the crashing of waves. Sought after by empires spanning three continents, the radiant pattern of the kufiya speaks to the vivid beauty of a town that was the cultural gateway between Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean, and yet still keeps its indigenous Palestinian heritage to this day. The Akka kufiya is an effort to capture the vibrant spirit of this lively Mediterranean city.
The green threads of the Sheikh Jarrah (الشيخ جراح) kufiya represent the deep roots of the Palestinian families who have lived in this neighborhood of Jerusalem for generations, building homes, raising families, and creating a community that has stood the test of time. Against all odds, the families of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood gained international attention, when they stood up against sinister efforts by Israeli authorities to evict them from their homes. This kufiya imbued with hope, and solidarity with the residents of Sheikh Jarrah, a conversation starter to prevent their story from falling into oblivion.
Named after the world renowned South-African civil rights leader, the Mandela African Kufiya is woven in the Pan-African colours, Red, Yellow, Green and Black, as a commemoration of the common struggle of African nations for sovereignty and liberation from colonialism, with the human rights struggle against Israeli apartheid in Palestine.
Represented in enchanting Blue and Purple, the city of Bisan (بيسان), Canaanite for “home of gods”, now annexed by Israel, resides at the junction of the Jordan River and Jezreel Valleys, and is decorated by luscious green fields, trees, rivers and waterfalls, and ruins from as far as 3000 BCE.