Brocade Sugar Bowl
The Brocade Sugar Bowl features a beautiful top that emulates Armenian needlelace, which has been etched directly onto the lid.
A handmade item featuring a glossy exterior and interior to safely store your dry goods, with a hint of the unglazed bottom poking through to show the beauty of the natural clay. An important example of Contemporary Armenian design, use for sugar, coffee beans, salt, candies, or simply for decoration.
- Designed and handmade by Levon Sargsyan during an atelier led by Bisila Noha.
- Material: clay + glaze. Each item is handmade and has minor variations.
- Made in: Armenia
- About 3.5 inches wide and 3.5 inches high (lid is 4.25 inches diameter)
- Limited production, less than 50 made
WHAT IS ARMENIAN NEEDLACE?
Armenian needlelace (Janyak) is a knotted lacemaking practice, said to have descended from net making on the eastern banks of the Mediterranean Sea. Tight knots are tied one by one, which cannot be easily unraveled. This craft was passed down matrilineally, from woman to woman.
Unlike in Europe, where lace was reserved for the nobility, in Armenia, it was used to decorate everyday household objects, from dowries to intimate garments, to heirlooms
The Brocade collection from TUMO Studios, designed by Levon Sargsyan and Ani Petrosyan, takes this application of lace to household objects one step further. They’ve applied Armenian needlelace to ceramics, from serving plates, to bowls, to vases. Not by using knots and thread but by imprinting the pattern directly into the objects.
It’s a clever homage to a millennia-long Armenian practice.
QAMI JAN x TUMO STUDIOS
QAMI JAN is pleased to offer products by TUMO Studios, a free educational program that invites the world's best designers to teach technical workshops to university-age students and young professionals in Armenia, who have a passion for artistry and design. Sales of these items benefit TUMO Studios, which is completely free for its students. QAMI JAN is excited to be the authorized retailer for TUMO Studios in the United States, as we share their passion to cultivate the next generation of Armenian designers and artisans.