September 25 2016 – Roshanak Agha Ali Nouri
Otta - An Iranian Renaissance in Florence
Iranian-born Roshanak Nouri is an artist, a wearable artist. Her beautiful, handmade in Italy silk scarves combine the beauty of a Persian garden with the skills of Florentine craftsmanship. Nouri believes in Renaissance, as a sort of personal word — she felt reborn in the city of Florence which she now calls home — and also a rebirth of style, of certain influences in a new environment. Which means that Persian garden gets reinvented with Florentine flowers, or the portrait of a woman is interpreted in a beautiful Iranian palette.
Even the name of the company is an ode to Florence, though of the city seen through classical eyes. In fact, during Dante’s and Boccaccio’s era, Otta was the ancient Italian way of saying “hour”.
Otta scarves can be worn by men and women alike, and I personally loved the idea of wearing one as a men’s pocket square, each day changing the colors according to the fold. Nouri’s creation are also perfect tied on a handbag or, of course, worn as a traditional foulard. Whichever the way, Otta scarves feel like the perfect accessory for this trip down the Silk Road.