Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Yasser Arafat's scarf maker gets Internet lifeline

A man works a machine in a factory that manufactures keffiyeh scarves in the West Bank city of Hebron. Instead of selling to a dwindling local market, Joudeh Hirbawi is working with a group of Palestinians overseas to market the scarves abroad, even harnessing social media to connect with customers. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader)

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"In the old days, everyone used to wear them, especially in winter when it gets cold here and they kept people warm," Hirbawi said, seated in a small office in the factory.

"But now it's really something that you only see older Palestinians wearing," he said. "And the competition from Chinese products is simply more than we can take on."

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