Burqa Moretta


Burqa Moretta’ is an exploration of the Emirati traditional mask called the ‘Burqa‘, combined with the Venetian carnival mask, the ‘Moretta’. The former is mainly worn for privacy and modesty, whereas the latter, although seemingly to hide the face, is somewhat different in that the woman takes it off for an eligible suitor. This sculptural piece explores the contrast between the two traditional masks from both identities their respective functions.
Similarly to the mask, both the dress and headpiece are a combination of both nationalities, from the pattern of the fabric to the styling of the garment, it is a symbiotic relationship and a celebration of both identities.

Polyurethane ball-jointed doll sculpture, clay, gold leaf, Swarovski beads

35 cm x 55 cm

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