The famous keffiyeh - Palestinian scarf. Made of 100% cotton, it is very light and pleasant to wear. Available here in two trendy and bright colours, they will bring a touch of colour to your outfits
Keffieh - Palestinian scarf
The keffieh (or keffié, from Arabic: كوفية, kūfīyä) is the traditional headdress of peasants and Bedouins. It was used to distinguish city dwellers from rural people. Today, the keffiyeh is worn by the entire Arab population of the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Jordan and Syria. The keffiyeh has become the emblem of the Palestinians. Originating in the region formerly known as "al-Hijaz", "al-Iraq", "al-Yaman", "Accham" and "Filistin", it has become so widespread that it is a common item of clothing for all Bedouins and peasants in Arabia and the Middle East.
Made of cloth, it was originally used to cover the face to protect from the sun and sandstorms. There are different patterns and colours ranging from yellow to black, red, white and green.
During the popular uprising led by Izz al-Din al-Qassam, from 1936 onwards, against the British presence in Palestine, the keffiyeh became of paramount importance to the Palestinians. Indeed, the revolutionaries wore the keffiyeh, which served to protect their faces and not to be recognized by the British. But this obviously made them more visible in the cities and arrests multiplied, as those wearing the keffiyeh were considered as opponents. It was then that the entire population was called upon to wear the keffiyeh. City dwellers abandoned the tarbouche (a sign of social distinction) to wear the keffiyeh, which was, as written above, a peasant headdress.
It was popularized by Yasser Arafat in the 1960s when he made his mark as leader of the PLO. Although the PLO (at least officially) abandoned its armed resistance and terrorist activities decades ago, the Keffieh has remained the most important symbol of Palestinian activists. Wearing it is therefore often equated with support for the Palestinian cause.
For the Palestinians, its colour today indicates the faction to which the wearer refers (Hamas, Fatah, PFLP...).
It is an accessory that is nowadays worn even by Westerners. More like a fashion accessory than a political or cultural sign. It can be worn on the head or simply around the neck
About the Keffieh - Palestinian Scarf
- Composition: 100% Cotton
- Length: 103 cm
- Width: 103 cm
- One Size
- Material 100% Cotton
- Shape Scarf
- Brand Traclet
- Country of manufacture China
- Washable hand in cold water with ammonia
- Season All year
Patricia D. published the 24/05/2013 following an order made on 24/05/2013
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