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Janet Essa Elia

The Island Gallery welcomes talented textile artist and beading expert Janet Essa Elia.  Janet is a native of Iraq where for 15 years she owned and operated a well-known atelier in Baghdad, specializing in custom-made, beaded clothing and accessories.  She left there in 2009 and has lived in the U.S. - here on Bainbridge Island - since then. All her designs are original, and employ traditional Middle Eastern methods. The decorative work is applied by hand, using needle and thread.

During the rule of Saddam Hussein, when Janet established her business, it was highly unusual for women to own independent businesses in Iraq. In fact, it still is. Besides dressmaking generally, her atelier was considered to be the finest source of custom wedding dresses and bridal accessories in Baghdad, and attracted a prominent clientele. In Iraq, weddings are extremely important social occasions and tend to be very large. Wedding trousseaux, whether traditional or modern, are typically highly decorated.

The jewelry and accessories Janet produces are entirely hand-made by her, and are inspired by the traditions of decorated clothing with which she grew up and by contemporary international design. Her work is sold in a number of Pacific Northwest galleries and she collaborates with custom couturier designers on wedding apparel, bridal accessories, and custom gowns.  Additionally, she has been featured in numerous exhibitions in the Seattle area including the Seattle Bridal Show, the Red Dress Competition, the Seattle Metropolitan Fashion Week competition, and an American Cancer Society benefit at the Museum of Flight.

Many of Janet's pieces have sold; we have many more in the Gallery and will be posting them soon, but in the meantime please contact us for information on current availability.

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #1

JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #1

From her vast collection of textiles and found objects such as beads, feathers, shells, lace and buttons, Janet Essa Elia creates these charming flower adornments.  They can be clipped into your hair or onto a hat or belt, pinned onto a lapel or ribbon to tie at your neck, or even clipped onto a purse or special pair of shoes!  This delightful...
$35.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #10

JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #10

From her vast collection of textiles and found objects such as beads, feathers, shells, lace and buttons, Janet Essa Elia creates these charming flower adornments.  They can be clipped into your hair or onto a hat or belt, pinned onto a lapel or ribbon to tie at your neck, or even clipped onto a purse or special pair of shoes!  This delightful...
$35.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #11

JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #11

From her vast collection of textiles and found objects such as beads, feathers, shells, lace and buttons, Janet Essa Elia creates these charming flower adornments.  They can be clipped into your hair or onto a hat or belt, pinned onto a lapel or ribbon to tie at your neck, or even clipped onto a purse or special pair of shoes!   What a wonderful...
$35.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #12

JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #12

From her vast collection of textiles and found objects such as beads, feathers, shells, lace and buttons, Janet Essa Elia creates these charming flower adornments.  They can be clipped into your hair or onto a hat or belt, pinned onto a lapel or ribbon to tie at your neck, or even clipped onto a purse or special pair of shoes!   What a wonderful...
$35.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #13

JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #13

From her vast collection of textiles and found objects such as beads, feathers, shells, lace and buttons, Janet Essa Elia creates these charming flower adornments.  They can be clipped into your hair or onto a hat or belt, pinned onto a lapel or ribbon to tie at your neck, or even clipped onto a purse or special pair of shoes!   What a wonderful...
$35.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #17

JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #17

From her vast collection of textiles and found objects such as beads, feathers, shells, lace and buttons, Janet Essa Elia creates these charming, one-of-a-kind flower adornments.  They can be clipped into your hair or onto a hat or belt, pinned onto a lapel or ribbon to tie at your neck, or even clipped onto a purse or special pair of shoes!  ...
$35.00

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Max: 1
JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #19

JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #19

From her vast collection of textiles and found objects such as beads, feathers, shells, lace and buttons, Janet Essa Elia creates these charming flower adornments.  They can be clipped into your hair or onto a hat or belt, pinned onto a lapel or ribbon to tie at your neck, or even clipped onto a purse or special pair of shoes!   What a wonderful...
$35.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #21

JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #21

From her vast collection of textiles and found objects such as beads, feathers, shells, lace and buttons, Janet Essa Elia creates these charming flower adornments.  They can be clipped into your hair or onto a hat or belt, pinned onto a lapel or ribbon to tie at your neck, or even clipped onto a purse or special pair of shoes!   What a wonderful...
$35.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #6

JANET ESSA ELIA: Flower Hairpin/Brooch #6

From her vast collection of textiles and found objects such as beads, feathers, shells, lace and buttons, Janet Essa Elia creates these charming flower adornments.  They can be clipped into your hair or onto a hat or belt, pinned onto a lapel or ribbon to tie at your neck, or even clipped onto a purse or special pair of shoes!  This gorgeous...
$35.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Hummingbird Brooch/Necklace

JANET ESSA ELIA: Hummingbird Brooch/Necklace

MORE INFORMATION COMING VERY SOON! Or contact the Gallery for assistance. These lovely beaded items can be used as brooches or converted into necklaces with included beaded chains. Please contact the Gallery for availability of specific color or variety (e.g., rufous, ruby-throated) of hummingbird.
$95.00
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Featured Products - Jewelry & Accessories

JANET ESSA ELIA: Hummingbird Brooch/Necklace
JANET ESSA ELIA: Hummingbird Brooch/Necklace
$95.00
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