Soccer keffiyeh
كوفية كرة القدم

Keffiyeh with a gap in the black pattern from which an embroidered soccer ball emerges

A keffiyeh from which an embroidered soccer ball emerges as a tribute to the Palestine national women’s and men’s soccer teams.


  • Hannes Bernard (ZA)

    Hannes Bernard is a South African designer based in Amsterdam who runs a design & illustration consultancy between Cape Town, Saõ Paulo & Amsterdam. He publishes a bimonthly African Pulp Fiction Zine.

  • Hirbawi Textile Factory (PS)

    Yasser Hirbawi opened the Hirbawi Textile Factory in 1961 in Hebron, operating 15 machines and producing 150,000 keffiyehs annually by the early 1990s. Today, due to the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords and the opening of trade with the outside world, only four machines remain in operation producing a mere 10,000 scarves a year. Not one of these scarves are exported, as overseas suppliers produce mass quantities at a fraction of the price, and the shrinking Palestinian economy and Israeli checkpoints and roadblocks create further hindrances to production and trade for small businesses like Mr. Hirbawi’s. In Mr. Hirbawi’s own words: “My machines are in good shape. They can start working tomorrow. I just need a market.” The Keffiyeh’s black and white pattern has come to symbolize the Palestinian struggle; the middle pattern, with its “wire mesh fence” design represents the Israeli occupation, while the oblong-shaped patterns on the side represent olive leaves- a symbol of Palestine and peace.

  • Layali Rishmawee (PS)

    Layali Rishmawee lives in Beit Sahour.

  • 2012

    Embroidered Keffiyeh

    130 x 130 cm