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In photos: Palestine's last keffiyeh factory

June 3, 2012 4:56 P.M. (Updated: June 4, 2012 5:45 P.M.)
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(MaanImages/Eva Pilipp)

In a small warehouse in the southern West Bank, the last Palestinian-made traditional keffiyah scarves are painstakingly woven and hand embroidered.

The international symbol of the Palestinian cause, keffiyahs are increasingly imported from cheaper sources, including China.

But for the women crafting the scarves in the Hirbawi factory, their work is also a lifeline in a conservative city. Their expertise and daylight working hours enable them to be valued contributors to their families, female workers say.
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