Mighzal is inspired by two spindle whorls: the first, seen on an auction website, was identified as a whorl bearing Arabic script in a Kufic style. On close inspection, my middling Arabic skills couldn’t pick out a readable word. However, in Norway, archaeologists discovered whorls with readable words scratched into them: “Gunnhildr made the spindle whorl".
My fascination with Kufic script combined with the idea of leaving a message on a spindle inspired this hat. The design on this slouchy hat is a Kufic square, a traditional Arab design that takes a word or phrase in Arabic and makes it into an attractive design.