Palestines Heritage: Olive Trees

The Keffiyeh holds great significance to Palestinian heritage.
But the rich Palestinian culture doesn't just stop there.
One of the most significant representations of Palestinian resistance, in addition to the Keffiyeh scarf, is the olive tree
The olive trees are known to grow in rough environmental conditions and still provide fruits for thousands of years. This symbolizes Palestinians living in rough political conditions but still resilient and patriotic to their land. Olive trees are in fact the main source of income for many people living in Palestine.

Around 93% of the olives are used to produce oil. The rest is usually used to make soap, pickles or simply for regular consumption. These olives are now exported to European and North American markets as well.


Palestine has some of the oldest olive trees in the world which date back to thousands of years. In October, during the olive harvest season, families come together to harvest olive trees, remembering that their forefathers had done the same many years ago.

olives on many branches
However, it isn't easy to maintain these olive trees. Nearly 60% of the West Bank is controlled by Israel so farmers require permits to gain access to their land to attend to their trees. In fact, Palestinian farmers in Gaza avoid planing trees during military operations in fear of them being destroyed. The olive trees are also targets of attack for settlers with a majority of the complaints not addressed by the police or army. 


Despite the challenges, the olive trees are still harvested every October and remain a source of pride and motivation for Palestinians to continue to resist occupation. 

In addition to the Keffiyeh collectionKUVRD will be carrying unique pieces that represent the symbolic olive tree.


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