BOKJADESIGNERS OF TEXTILE
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Bokja is a visionary, questioning the norm and the anticipated, celebrating details that turn imperfections into significance and connection. Bokja is an aesthetic that excites and surprises with reinvented and repurposed items and materials, creating a space to dream and contemplate thenew. Bokja is the skin, the surface, the external expression.
Designers Huda Baroudi and Maria Hibri co-founded Bokja in the year 2000. Their life-long interest in traditional tapestries, textiles and rugs of the Silk Road foretold Bokja.Through trade and travel, textiles, patterns and colors were gathered from around the world, focusing on the Levant and Central Asia. With a sharp eye, whimsical demeanor, and expertise they source the most beautiful and precious raw materials to use as the base for their creations.
Textile making and embellishment has been a significant part of Middle Eastern craft for over 8500 years. Bokja seeks to unearth this age-old tradition, giving voice to the intimate narratives embedded within the textiles. Bokja’s textile laboratory is a representation of a diverse cluster of textile techniques ofthe region. With a solid network of specialized artisans, Bokja serves as a curator of textile practices and a gatherer stories.
Today Huda and Maria are artisit curators of chaos redefining the artisinal craft of the region,translating the Bokja universe into furniture and lifestyle items.