The Shami Kufiya is mainly used in Syria and other Arabic countries. However the ongoing war in Syria destroyed most Kufiya factories there. Today you can buy this very special design, made in Palestine. Traditonal designs are in a slightly heavier weave.
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.
This Kufiya is named after the ancient city in the north of the historical Palestine. When we think about Tabariya we think about the blue lake of tiberias, the fish and the proud fishermen and -women. Accordingly Tabariya Kufiya shows a white fishing net on a blue and black background.
The design of this Kufiya found inspiration in the red and black beetle (Um Suleiman). Its natural beauty had a big influence in Arabic culture – in paintings, traditional and modern music (e.g. Tic Tic Um Suleiman from Fairuz), and in poetry.
And we honor the beetle with an original Kufiya, made in Palestine.
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.