GIRLS’ DAY OUT
A few days back Shruti (from the previous post) and I spent a day out in the sun exploring Kuwait. Summer is here already, spring didn’t get to stay for long. Despite the heat we decided to go ahead with our plan.
Our first stop was the Mirror House, also known as the House of Mirrors or Khalifa and Lidia Qattan Art Museum. Khalifa Qattan was the inventor of the art style called Circulism, which is based on spirituality, science and philosophy. He was the first Kuwaiti artist to hold a personal exhibition in 1953. The Kuwaiti Biennale was established by him in 1969. His wife Lidia Qattan is also an artist, and is the creator of the Mirror House. It is the only house in the world which is covered entirely with mirror mosaic.
Her residence is now an art museum; one can call ahead and take an appointment for a personal tour. When we reached her house, we were totally awed by the mosaic work on the exterior part of the building. All the walls, till the roof, were covered with beautiful designs and they were shining in the sun. So magical; there was even a unicorn on one of the walls! We were greeted by Jalila Al Qattan, Lidia’s daughter. We were issued tickets for the tour and led into the living room shortly after that. There were 12 guests including us and Lidia was running around the room serving us hot cinnamon and ginger tea and some yummy cake; all the while reciting the recipes for us. Jalila and Lidia shared their stories with us, and answered all the questions we had. We were then taken for the tour.
The ground floor was covered in mirror mosaic designs from floor to ceiling. Each room had a different theme, like the ‘Zodiac Hall’ or the ‘Universe Hall’. She explained the thought process behind her works and their significance. The first floor of the house was their art gallery. There were paintings, sculptures with recycled household objects like fan blades and water filters, a small fun game for the guests, etc. Post the tour they took us to a shopping gallery where Lidia’s works and books were available for purchase.
Here are some pictures from the tour…
The Mirror House
Spot the unicorn
After the tour we went to Breakfast Club for a quick lunch. The place, the food and the view were all good.
After a heavy meal we were ready for some shopping. We headed to one of the oldest markets in Kuwait called Souk Al Mubarakiya. This market has zillions of shops lining the beautiful cobbled pathways; shops selling local perfumes, fruits and vegetables, clothes and accessories, curios, fish and meat, Iranian carpets, dates and other Arabic delicacies. When you are tired after a few hours of shopping you can go to one of the restaurants, kick back and enjoy some Arabic food.
I vlogged the entire day, you can watch the video here.
Here are my outfit details…
About the look : I wore a cotton crop top in white (from H&M), with a pair of blue jeans. I clubbed it with white wedges with petal work on them (from the kids section in Next). It was an outfit that kept me happy on a hot summer day. I carried an Oasis handbag in tan, blue and orange to add a pop of colors.
So the next time you are in Kuwait, don’t forget to add these places to your itinerary.
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Photos and Video Clips by : Shruti D Shah and Sunitha Scharma