codes of conduct
Stitched and padded Indian fabrics, laser engraving on plywood, tray handles.
94x 63 x6.5 cm
The "buqsha"/bundle was an early form of dowry gifting in Islamic culture and The Middle East. In Kuwait, it used to be part of the bride's dowry and mostly consisted of Indian fabrics before the discovery of oil. The bundle's form in this installation is made of its content; Indian fabric, the inside unfolds into the outside and this emblematizes functionality and the importance of craft. The repetitive script on the tray includes 4 different terminologies that are often used in pre-wedding rituals, such as dazza, yalwah, jhaz and buqsha. Dazza is sending the dowry to the bride, yalwah is the henna ritual, jehaz is the bride buying what she needs for her new life, buqsha is the bundle, the older form of dowry. The tray is an indication of hospitality as an important element to these rituals. In my "Codes of conduct" piece, I aim to integrate different histories of hospitality practices in relation to dowry gifting in Kuwait.