Embroidered Scarf – Kufiyeh motif
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Hand-stitched on this scarf is the pattern of Kufiyeh (كوفية), the symbol of Palestine. This elegant hand embroidered scarf is an example of their skill in using the tatreez or cross stitch, a traditional skill handed down from one generation to the next, in a contemporary style.
This scarf we call the Palestinian kufiyeh or keffiyeh, also known as a shemagh or hatta, has a fascinating history dating back to Sumerians and Babylonians in Mesopotamia. The design is said to combine three motifs:
- The trade-routes through Palestine, symbolizing a long history of merchants, travel, and cultural exchange,
- The fishnet represents affinity with the Palestinian sailor and the connection to the Mediterranean Sea.
- Olive leaves represent strength, resilience, and perseverance. The olive tree is synonymous with the Palestinian land, spirit, and culture.
The kufiyeh is a significant cultural motif for Palestinians, one of Palestine’s most iconic symbols. This is an elegant re-creation of the simple cotton scarf associated around the world with the Palestinian quest for self-determination.
This scarf is made by women at the Sulafa Embroidery Centre in Gaza which supports around 250 local artisans by commissioning traditional and contemporary embroidered goods. The purchase of a Sulafa product allows these women to support their families, which often rely on only one source of income.
Size: 40cm x 170cm
Artisan: Sulafa Embroidery Centre, Gaza Strip
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