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Mashrabiya

2015

Bokja has reinterpreted the concept of a Mashrabiya as a reaction to shifting cultural attitudes due to globalization. In a world of online communication, physical walls and barriers begin to lack a sense of meaning and function. The soft textile surface contrasts the strict attitude of lattice wood, the material form used in original examples. Comprised of modular adjustable units, its malleable nature references a sense of openness, autonomy and transparency, adapting to any context or void it may occupy. It allows for home dwellers to add or tear away at the Mashrabiya surface, controlling the light and privacy levels desired to morph the interior space. The textile used to create each of the soft units includes both traditionally Islamic textiles in addition to contemporary fabric scraps intuitively assembled to communicate a mood.

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