Cultures are dynamic and multifaceted in nature. The most inspiring elements of beauty in any given place reside in the culture of its people. The great Marcus Garvey said, "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots." This concept has always resonated heavily within my spirit. When I first decided to start Nuri Nahara, it was very important for me to infuse elements of my history and culture into the pieces. I wanted each design to reflect the story of my ancestors and carry with it, the energy of their resilience and strength. Each piece has a special story behind it and includes elements that are significant to a particular culture.
The name of the line has special significance as well. "Nuri" refers to a region in modern Sudan, situated on the southeast side of the Nile River. Just north of the village of Sanam and the Jebel Barkal mountain, sits this sacred bed of cultural legacy. The pyramids of Nuri belonged to ancient Nubian kings and queens. All the remains of this region originated from the ancient city of Napata and the Nubian Kingdom of Kush. The word "Nahara" has Aramaic and Hebrew origins, and means "light". It refers to the great waters of the Nile River, metaphorically known as the tears of mother earth, also known as Auset, Mara, or Ntu in the Ancient Kamitic tradition. These regions of ancient Kamit (present day Egypt) and ancient Kush (present day Sudan) are the cradle of civilization, from which so many beautiful elements of the world were born. By naming my line in honor of these culturally sacred areas, I pay homage to the ancestors and ancient cultures that paved the way for me to exist today. The name literally represents my desire to shine light (Nahara) on the ancestors' legacy (Nuri). Each piece that I create is made in their honor.
I recently did a shoot featuring one of my very first Nuri designs. This particular design and print won't be reproduced in the Spring/Summer 2017 collection, but it still remains dear to my heart. It was one of the original designs that sold out during our first launch 3 years ago. Til this day, I still love wearing many of the original pieces and reviving the energy of the cultures that inspired me to create them.
I'm looking forward to sharing more new designs with you all. It's been a long time since the launch of our first collection and I'm so excited to be creating again. I put my heart into every creation in hopes that positivity and love travel with the pieces wherever they go.
Thank you for your continued love, light, and encouraging energy.