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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.



Product Image Item Name- Price
JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #1 - Teal

JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #1 - Teal

Teal; beads.
$45.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #10 - Black

JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #10 - Black

Black; beads, feathers.
$45.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #11 - Gold

JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #11 - Gold

Gold; beads, net.
$45.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #12 - Gold

JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #12 - Gold

Gold; beads.
$45.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #13 - Gold

JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #13 - Gold

Gold, black; beads, net.
$45.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #14 - Silver

JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #14 - Silver

Silver; seed beads, feathers, all net.  
$45.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #15 - Dark Green

JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #15 - Dark Green

Dark  green; net, pearls, spangles. 
$35.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #16 - Dark Green

JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #16 - Dark Green

Dark  green; beads.
$35.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #17 - Pink

JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #17 - Pink

Pink; spangled net, beads.
$35.00

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JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #18 - Blue

JANET ESSA ELIA: Floral Brooch #18 - Blue

Royal blue; black center, spangles, net.
$35.00

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