The design of this Kufiya is inspired by the city of Yafa (Jaffa) located at the Mediterranean Sea. The name Yafa means beauty in Canaanite and the charm of the city makes you fall in love with it immediately – exactly like this Kufiya. The deep blue zig-zag pattern on a black background represents the gentle waves of the sea during the warm summer nights of Yafa.
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.
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.