|“||And SkekEkt the Ornamentalist made clothes, above all for himself, rich fabrics that dripped jewels, the death of a hundred birds for one cloak. He first discovered the art of anointing the skin with a paste of clotted blood and diamond powder, to restore the sparkle of youth.||„|
|~ The World of the Dark Crystal|
SkekEkt is a major antagonist in The Dark Crystal. He is the Skeksi court Ornamentalist, or designer, at the castle. His Mystic counterpart in the Valley of the Mystics is UrUtt the Weaver.
He was performed and voiced by Brian Muehl.
SkekEkt's appearance is described in Henson's film notes to be "heavily made up with jewels and equipment of mascara".
According to the book "The World of the Dark Crystal", SkekEkt was described as an extremely vain and callous character who would gladly cause the death of countless animals for the sake of fabricating one cloak.
He was first seen in the prologue of the movie along with the other Skeksis replenishing themselves by using the power of the Dark Crystal. SkekEkt is later seen again when the Garthim captured Aughra and brought her in front of the Skeksis during their feast.
After the light from Thra's three suns shone through the Crystal of Truth, the Skeksis and the Mystics combined once more into their original, natural states. The Ornamentalist was combined with his Mystic counterpart to form the UrSkek EktUtt.
- In accordance to the Skeksis being based on the Seven Deadly Sins, SkekEkt seems to represent Vanity which is called Pride.
- Pre-production notes for skekEkt refer to him as an artist and interior designer. Jim Henson said, "We've never known whether these Skeksis were male or female. We always kind of liked the idea of them being some uncomfortable mixture in between, but the Designer is certainly the most feminine or effeminate." The Skeksis' love of fashion and luxury helps maintain skekEkt's position at court.