Situated between both old and new, east and west, Bokja’s home of Beirut stitches together disparate origins into a vibrant and eclectic mosaic of identity.
It is within this nexus of culture and philosophy that designers Huda Baroudi and Maria Hibri have established their Bokja studio, wherein they meld vintage and antique motifs with modern silhouetting and cuts.
Their latest collection, Back to the Beginning, is rooted in memory – capturing impressions of the past through sumptuous silk textiles.
Renaissance, Baroque and Modern art aesthetics all find a home within Bokja’s work – woven together into a tapestry of historical influence.
Their designs repeat intricate patterns again and again across each piece – cutting, shifting and warping the original aesthetic into something entirely new.
Through these juxtapositions, Huda and Maria magnify and complement the unique qualities of each print they choose.
These motifs span not only the Silk Road, a storied path Huda and Maria have journeyed along many times, but farther flung locales rich in their own visual significance.
In particular, we find this collection to be steeped in the inspiration of Croome Court – a mid-18th century Palladian mansion nestled in the heart of the English countryside.
The winding florals and Rococo filigree echo across Bokja’s silks, bringing an antique romanticism and intrigue all their own.