Mashrabiya Choker Necklace


A mashrabiya is an ornate wooden screen typically used in Middle Eastern or Islamic architecture. First seen during the 15th century, mashrabiyas had a variety of functions. First and foremost, they were beautiful and added aesthetical value. Beyond that, they were designed to circulate air, control light, and create privacy for the occupants while allowing them to see out.   

While Fathy didn't use traditional wooden mashrabiyas often, he did integrate the concept into the clerestory punches in his adobe structures. They're a subtle nod to the history and functionality of regional architecture in Egypt. 

This choker necklace features a mashrabiya in the center surrounded by two arches. The necklace is 10.5" long and features a 3-inch extender chain. Each necklace is handmade to order, so please anticipate a 2-4 week processing time. 

5% of proceeds will be donated to Refugees International.  

About Hassan Fathy -  

Hassan Fathy (1900-1989) was a professor,  philosopher, painter, journalist, playwright, inventor, and Egypt's best-known architect of the 20th century. Known as the “Architect for the Poor”, Fathy used indigenous materials to build accessible centers for housing and collective living and helped Egyptian architecture find its voice in a post-colonial world. He emphasized environment, traditions, spirituality, culture, and humankind’s role within it when designing and realizing buildings.



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