Since the beginning of the pandemic, and in the face of the shortage of masks, many textile companies have converted their initial production and provided support. This is the case of Bokja Design, a Beirut-based craft studio founded by two friends: Huda Baroudi and Maria Hibri. Specializing in vintage furniture, the designers and their staff devote part of their time to making silk masks. Focus on this initiative, combining style and solidarity!
While Lebanon is struggling with an economic crisis and fighting against the spread of the Coronavirus, Bokja launches into the race for masks. Founded in 2000, the design and handicraft studio crafts furniture, accessories, and some ready-to-wear pieces in a patchwork style. Huda Baroudi and Maria Hibri rely on a network of craftsmen, all from the Middle East. Adrian Perez, Brand Consultant in the communication department of Bokja Design tells us more about the fight for the Bokja style Corona!
Why did Studio Bokja start making masks?
We are in a phase where medical supplies are running out in the country. So instead of putting Bokja Design on hold, we decided to continue to employ our talented craftsmen and create reversible silk masks together. The idea was to bring beauty into ugliness and a little joy where there is desolation. Seeing the hospital staff out of breath was a trigger.
Who are your masks for?
We wanted to make a donation to all those warriors on the front line in the medical centers of Beirut! Our intention is to brighten their days and to show them all our gratitude for the risky work they do on a daily basis. Due to a strong demand outside the medical profession, we have subsequently extended our initiative to all those who wish to acquire this accessory. The funds raised are then passed on to the nursing staff. If there’s ever a time to unite, it’s now!
What is Bokja Design’s approach?
Every Bokja mask is unique! To make our organic silk masks, we use scraps of fabric from clothes created in our workshop. Then we assemble them to make reversible masks that you will not see anywhere else. No two masks are identical. We thought that in addition to being protective, the mask could be the perfect accessory to express your style!