By Aisha Hassan on 26 May 2022
Nowruz Ear Studs by Argent Studio
Hari Raya, or Eid, is just around the corner. It’s a time for family, food, and fashion — festivities were cancelled last year due to Covid, so Hari Raya 2022 feels like the perfect time to dress up in full force. Whether you’re celebrating yourself or being merry with friends who do, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite unique accessories to complement your Raya looks (and stand out in all the photos that you take!). Beyond being beautiful, these fashion items have a story behind them, which makes them the perfect conversation starter at any gathering.
“Nowruz” is the name for the Spring Equinox festival in Persia, and these stunning earrings are appropriately radiant and floral. Five Sri Lankan white topaz stones decorate this piece in the joyous pattern of a flower, and the earrings work well with most high-necklines on Hari Raya outfits. The Nowruz Ear Studs were handcrafted by skilled artisans in Bali, and are part of Argent Studio’s latest Persepolis Collection.
This is a special piece — SOPHIA By Shirley’s one-of-a-kind obi silk bags usually feature floral or animal motifs, but this evening bag is adorned by elegant geometric patterns. The opulent combination of black and gold, as well as the removable golden chain, makes this handbag easy to pair with most evening outfits. Alternatively, wear it with a daytime look for an instant dose of luxury. The Black Clutch Handbag was handmade with love and care by Shirley, the brand’s founder, herself.
Not many things can start a conversation quicker than a leather fish fan, and it’s also the perfect companion during a warm open house. Every blade on this fan was individually cut, punched, and painted by hand. This truly unique fashion accessory was inspired by fishmongers at markets in Southeast Asia and you may even be eating some Tongkol, or tuna, for your Hari Raya meal. Beyond its bold aesthetics, the Tongkol Fan is the handiwork of shadow puppet artisans in Java — creating this fan is a way for them to preserve their craft.
Whether you’re wearing a contemporary or traditional Hari Raya ensemble, these sleek ear cuffs add just the right hint of modernity. Cast and crafted from 925 Sterling Silver by skilled Balinese artisans, these handmade jewelry pieces hug the lobe and ear cartilage. You can choose to wear one on each year, a single Dome Cuff in total, or stack it up with two cuffs on a single ear — all versions are unusual yet stylish. An ear cuff may not be the most obvious Hari Raya accessory, but it’s one of the most striking.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aisha Hassan is a writer, journalist, and co-founder of Dia. Previously, Aisha worked for Quartz in New York and Harper’s Bazaar in Malaysia. Her fiction has been published in international literary magazines. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Language & Literature from the University of Oxford, and a master’s degree from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.