I think it's safe to say that many childhood memories are made around dining tables decorated with colourful plates and wholesome meals. One of my many favourite weekly rituals growing up was Sunday lunch at Teta's, surrounded by every mezze known to man and one too many familiar faces. With all the unfinished plates, decorated picture frames, and knitted table covers, one item that truly stands out in any traditional levant home, and just so happens to be this week's Dikkéni narrative highlight: is the Brik [br'ik].
Designed by Ziad Abichaker, an ecological and industrial engineer, the water jug is hand-blown by artisans in Lebanon and made of 100% recyclable materials. Designed with a sleeker interpretation of the traditional jug, Abichaker's piece comes in two different colors to satisfy anyone's design needs.
The Brik is a traditional Levantine water jug made from either glass or terra-cotta and has been used for centuries. Found in every Lebanese kitchen, the br'ik happens to be one of the few timeless items that tie generations together. Although this traditional jug is used by many in the Levante, it might seem a bit intimidating to those who have never come across one before. To use the water pitcher, all you have to do is fill it with water and simply raise it over your head to allow the water to pour out of the spout and into your mouth. Easy right? No, not really. Filling up the jug and lifting it over your head is the easy part; trying to get the water into your mouth is a whole different ball game.
Despite the cultural significance of this week's spotlight, it's the environmental aspect of our Cruche Poire that has gotten all of us so excited. Locally made from recycled materials, celebrating our culture and heritage through a sustainable light. Who could ask for more?