Orient 499 Grapes Soap with Evil Eye Keepsake

Designer: Orient 499
Creative Director: Madeline Weinrib
Materials: Handmade soap
Dimensions: 5 x 3 1/2 in
Origin: Made in Lebanon
Details: Natural jasmine scent

Handmade by the highly skilled craftspeople at Orient 499, this jasmine-scented soap doubles as a decorative cluster of grapes on the vine, and comes in a keepsake pouch embellished with a protective evil eye motif.

Lebanese brand Orient 499 proves that luxury can be sustainable and sustainability can be luxurious. Founded in 2006 by Frank Luca and Aida Kawas, Orient 499 employs a fleet of Lebanese artisans—from woodworkers to embroiderers, glassmakers to couturiers—to create home decor, clothing, and accessories that are equal parts gorgeous, ethical, and "perfectly imperfect." In promoting the art of handcrafting, Orient 499 is helping to preserve precious Lebanese design traditions.

This item was created for the Heirloom Project. Led by designer Madeline Weinrib, this initiative seeks engagement with global artisans who pursue historic techniques and design principles to help preserve traditional craftsmanship.

Produced for The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in partnership with Madeline Weinrib, creative director for The Heirloom Project.

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