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  • Mukani
    Senior year Degree Project
  • Mukani is an Arabic word which means my place.
         The shapes I use in my designs are influenced by Islamic architecture. Their basic forms are used as a backdrop to the extremely ornamental details that cover the buildings.  I use this method in my jewelry to first bring the viewer in then through the details show another side of the work, letting them discover its story.
        
         This body of work has developed once I left my country of Kuwait.  Back home the vanished history did not interest me.  Once I came to the United States I was overwhelmed with nostalgia for a world that I was never a part of.  The old architecture and way of life disappeared after the discovery of oil.  Kuwait rushed forward to join the modern world, and in the processes erased its past.  I wanted to find a way to connect my self to Kuwait’s history, but at the same time give my self the freedom to express my ideas. I looked towards what had past for inspiration to create something new, something that is beginning again.  Mukani.
  •   Dareeshat Ruhi: Necklace- Porcelain, Quartz, Camel Hair,Hand dyed Cotton String. 15”x 2 ½”x ½”
  •  Bait Yadi: Bracelet-  Porcelain, Camel Hair, Hand dyed CottonString.  4”x 3”x 1”
  •  Dareeshat Dari: Bracelet-  Silver, Porcelain, Camel Hair, Handdyed Cotton String. 4”x 3”x ½”
  •  Mukani bracelet: Bracelet- Porcelain, Camel Hair, Handdyed Cotton String. 3”x 3”x ½”
  • Burj: Two finger ring- Porcelain, Quartz, Wood. 2”x 1 ¾”x 1 ¼”
  •  Asma: Earrings- Emeralds, Sapphires, Silver,Porcelain.  2 ½”x 1 ¾”x ½”
  • A’aeed: Necklace-  Porcelain, Camel Hair, Hand dyed CottonString. 8”x 7”x ¾”
  •  Mukani: Necklace- Sapphires, Silver, Porcelain, CamelHair, Hand dyed Cotton String. 19”x10”x3½”
  •  Mukani Back
  • Khatem Sir: Two finger ring- Silver, Oud, Mother of Pearl,Quartz, Wood. 3 ¾”x 1 ¾”x 1 ½”