Startup of the Week: Azha Workshop is embracing national culture

Updated 06 August 2019

Startup of the Week: Azha Workshop is embracing national culture

  • A popular bracelet is the “Shahada” string that has the Shahada written on it in beautiful calligraphy, and which comes in all sizes and colors

JEDDAH: Azha Workshop is a true example of creativity. Founder Rawaa Bakhsh embarked on a journey to establish her company in 2014, in Canada, to make jewelry inspired by spirituality, culture, and the Arabic language.
“I am a third-generation jeweler. My grandfather and father both worked with precious metals and fine jewelry,” she said. 
The process of creating individual trinkets and adornments is long but worth it in the end, Bakhsh added. “The process of (making) our jewelry is coming up with a concept, then going through variations of designs, then being molded, and then being plated with gold.”
What makes each product unique is the focus on the concept, the story behind each piece, the description of each piece and how it is interpreted by each customer. 
Perhaps their most unique pieces are the religious ones and those with cultural significance. 
One of the simpler designs is a pendant called “Safar” which is an origami camel. Customers have sent many pictures of themselves back to Azha Workshop holding the pendant in different parts of the world. 
A popular bracelet is the “Shahada” string that has the Shahada written on it in beautiful calligraphy, and which comes in all sizes and colors. She also can turn verses from the Qur’an into wearable pieces of jewelry.
When asked about her inspiration, Bakhsh said: “I want to raise awareness, to maintain our spiritual values and beliefs, to make an impact, no matter how small.”
One day, she told Arab News, she would like her workshop to become the leading Muslim lifestyle accessories brand in the Middle East.


Condemnation of attacks on Saudi Aramco oil plants continue

Updated 35 min 23 sec ago

Condemnation of attacks on Saudi Aramco oil plants continue

  • Bahraini King calls Saudi leadership

RIYADH: Condemnations of Saturday’s attack on Saudi Aramco oil installations continued on Monday, as the US pointed out Iran as the likely culprit behind the drone strikes that have dramatically escalated tensions in the region and triggered a record leap in global oil prices.

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman both received calls from the King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain to condemn the attacks at Saudi oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais.

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper called the crown prince, who is also the defense minister, to affirm his country's full support for the Kingdom.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, “We will work with international partners to forge the widest and most effective response,” with a statement from his ministry saying the “UK remains committed to supporting the security of Saudi Arabia.”

India also slammed the attacks and reiterated the country’s “rejection of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Official Spokesperson of the UN Secretary General Stephane Dujarric said in a statement that the Secretary General condemns Saturday's attacks on two Aramco oil plants.

The German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said, “Such an attack on civilian and vital infrastructure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not justified”.

— with SPA