Holy Tembel: Iconic Israeli Hat, Now Recognized by MoMA

The 'kova tembel' hat was once a symbol of hard-working, Zionist Israel, but disappeared in the 80s. Now it’s staging an unlikely comeback in a fashion exhibit at the Museum of Mordern Art in New York

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Yes, it looks silly on you. Two young members of 'Hashomer Hazair' in 1949.
Yes, it looks silly on you. Two young members of 'Hashomer Hazair' in 1949.Credit: GPO / Teddy Brauner
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A Tembel hat. Will be featured at the MoMA.Credit: Avi Waldman
Hats off to the kova tembel! Tourists arriving in Israel in 1976.Credit: Ya'akov Sa'ar/GPO
Jerusalem Hills, 1969.Credit: COHEN FRITZ /GPO
Pioneers modeling the kova tembel at Kibbutz Kfar Etzion in 1943.Credit: Zoltan Kluger/GPO

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