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Abiqutie pays homage to a few things through its name.

It is the name of my home village, Abiquiu, a little village nestled in the Chama River valley of Northern New Mexico. It’s translated into English from the Navajo Haʼagizh, which although the real meaning has unfortunately been lost over time, as a child was taught to me as meaning ‘sweetwater’—a profound and weighty title given to it by its indigenous inhabitants in the middle of the high mountain desert.

Secondly, although this village is most often known as the place that famous American artist Georgia O’Keefe lived and created her stunning works, what is lesser known is that this village was the birthplace of one of the largest intentionally created Muslim community in the 1980’s in the United States, Dar al Islam. The name pays homage to my memories of a community of Muslims who have come together…

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  • Joined May 17, 2010

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wood, paint, shells, found objects, paper

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    one of a kind hand painted jewelry and arts

About

Abiqutie pays homage to a few things through its name.

It is the name of my home village, Abiquiu, a little village nestled in the Chama River valley of Northern New Mexico. It’s translated into English from the Navajo Haʼagizh, which although the real meaning has unfortunately been lost over time, as a child was taught to me as meaning ‘sweetwater’—a profound and weighty title given to it by its indigenous inhabitants in the middle of the high mountain desert.

Secondly, although this village is most often known as the place that famous American artist Georgia O’Keefe lived and created her stunning works, what is lesser known is that this village was the birthplace of one of the largest intentionally created Muslim community in the 1980’s in the United States, Dar al Islam. The name pays homage to my memories of a community of Muslims who have come together to be a part of one anothers lives in a joyous and peaceful way.

And lastly there is the femininization of the word for the sake of what is symbolizes in the jewelry sense—a cutie. Growing up the girls in my village were often referred to as Abiquties, meaning the cute girls from that village of Abiquiu. I adopted the phrase and fashioned it to represent, to me, a feminine and Islamic reminiscent name for my inspired line.

Abiqutie reminds me that regardless of where these earrings travel, they are a part of a beautiful place called Abiquiu, sweetwater of the Indigenous, adopted home of the Muslims, beauty inspired in both its surroundings and female wearers…


**Check out my other shop featuring my art and calligraphy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AbiqutieDesign

check out recent press on abiqutie:

http://www.illumemag.com/zine/articleDetail.php?Artist-Hand-makes-Painted-Islamic-and-Middle-Eastern-Inspired-Jewelry-13285

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