Thursday, July 21, 2011

Gujarati Kholkhaal Class In Right Angle Weave This Saturday July 23

Lately, I have been revisiting books on various cultures and in particular a book by Wade Davis  The book is called Light At The Edge Of The World and it covers a range of peoples who are vanishing such as the Aboriginal communities in Australia, the Sarawaks and the Innuits of the Arctic Region.  Images, costume, how they live, eat, hunt and thrive in their own modality never ceases to intrigue me.  Learning about others has fascinated me ever since I was a young child no older than five and seems to fuel the creative juices so to speak. 
So, as I began working on my first anklet, the research triggered a wealth of inspiration and ideas.  Looking at how nomadic and semi nomadic communities transported their identities and personal worth through personal adornment is arresting and captivates the imagination. 
Closure with Lucite Flower | Photo by Maryam Al Rashed

In Kuwaiti dialect the word for anklet is "Al Hujool" ; the letter j in the word quickly transforms into a y therefore becoming "Al Huyool" and the regional word is "Khulkhaal" the plural being "Khalakhil" which denotes the jingling effect of certain bell like findings.  My imagination always goes to the beauty of the dancer with her anklets and how she gains attention by the jingling effect of her feet as she twirls and dances. So my research went further east to India as I began to see images of the state of Gujarat and began to discover more images and details of the costumes and jewelry. 
Natural curve | Photo by Maryam Al Rashed

This is actually the first anklet ever that I have created and it's delicate design yet lively colors attest to the beautiful dance of life and beauty. Employing Swarovski Round Pearls, Czech Pressed Glass Daggers, Fire Polished Beads, Czech Seed Beads and Sterling Silver drops that curves naturally and drapes the ankle eloquently.

Please join both Bettina and I as we create a new interpretation of the "Kholkhaal". 

Date: Saturday  July 23
Time:  9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Venue:  Jabriya Block 9 Street 6 House 13 ( Side Basement Entrance)
Technique:  RAW* (Right Angle Weave)
Level:  Advanced Beginners

For more information on tools required, materials list and class fees you can either call us at our LB o J'zazz shop at 2261-0686 or send us an email at  You can pre-register at the shop time also.  

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