Lives and Works: Beirut
Bokja" is a word of Turkish origin meaning bundle or the piece of fabric that is used to wrap the dowry of a bride. Operating out of Beirut, the Bokja signature is its assemblage surfaces. Through trade and travel, Bokja designers Huda Barudi and Maria Hibri, have collected textiles, patterns and colors from around the world, focusing on the Levant and Central Asia.
In a Bokja assemblage, each piece upholds its individual physical identity as it becomes connected with foreign cultures and fabrics. The newly assembled textiles are then treated with contemporary embroideries in the Bokja Atelier and introduced in a new context, continuing the journey of the fabric story.
Bokja brings together poetic fragments of a time and place and situates them in unusual arrangements with a new context. A rich and unexpected new visual vocabulary is created of encoded information and aesthetic expression!