we had invited all the craftsmen who had given their wastes and many NGO’s from the area to our open house to view our product development.To my great surprise people did make it to see what came out of their waste. The response was very positive.
as we haditems in urban wastes : embroidered cement bags,woven plastic bagsor plastic bags stitchedand braided.
and we had artisan’s wastes : damaged weave , warp left overwool , embroidery faulty models .
the most successful were all the articles made out of plastic bags.
as everybody agrees that they are abundant and a real nuisance for the environment.
A group of women , who go door to door to collect the household refuse in Bhuj daily came. they had sold us the plastic to work on our samples.they were very empowered by what they saw. “how something dirty and disposed becomes a beautiful article with an added aestheticand financialvalue....”
now they wish to set up a bigger unit with a little chain production to systematize the collect, the proper washing and drying of the plastic bags as well as the cutting out and weaving of them.
this way, theircollecting jobof the morning could be rewarded by valorising ( more pleasant and creative ) the waste in the afternoon.
so this it ... after 10 days of intenselabour from everyone in the project, we have made 21 products 100% RECYCLED . and above all, everyone involved in the project or visiting our exhibition has now a new way to look at waste: it can have a greater value and can be beautified.so... don’t you dare throwing your milk poach through your window every morning!!!!!!!!!!
bags of different shapes for different uses,decorated with very bright wools. typically from Kutchch’sdecorative tradition. One can see the variety of embroidery and color combinationon the raw ready material.
the articles are 100% recycled. the inside pocket is made of the milk poachdiscarded by the thousands everyday (as used to make the national beverage: the Chai) . handles are made of the straps usually used for sealing parcels worldwide. after trying the weaving of the plastic bags, we try the braiding and tying.
a woman make t he first line of a curtain, inserting bicolor plastic flowers in the braid.
cement bags and plastic bags are the biggest waste here. so we look for solutions:
Bright embroidery with woolis made on cement bags.
A foot mat is stitched using cement bags, car inner tube (on the floor side) and plastic bags
The weavers have finished their first pieces of woven plastic bags.
the good thing is that our creations are re-using lots of trashed materials.
from there, a big system of collect can be organizedin the city of
and in the villages.
The Muslim women of a slum in Bhuj had already developed the embroidery on the cement bags. I am happy to further developed the designs andshapes , so that their articles embellished withtheir skills can find a market.
the Weaver, doesn’t have to invest in expensive raw material (wool, silk) , the only upfront cost is has is: the nylon for the warp. the used plastic bags are abundant.
Adrakpur is a new village built after the earthquake of 2001. it is a dyers and block printers village whose population is entirely re-settled.the change in livelihoodhas broughtdegradation of the environment and quality of life of the locals.
testimoniestoday were such as: “ before there was only organic wastes and the farmers would come to buy our organic waste to feed their cattle. today, our waste is made of so much plastic, and everything is mixed so nobody is interested in our wastes.there is no municipal collect. the plastic bags and other food packaging are flying around in nature.
or “last week, a dead cow had her stomach opened and we found a few kilos of plastic bags inside!”
so we have asked rag pickers to collect the wastes generated by households .we also went to a few other villages meeting with weavers, leather workers etcand we asked for the wastes of their work activities. the good news isthat : they entirely re-use their waste. their production is nearly “ zero waste”.
ART D'ECO, who has been collaborating with Khamir (http://www.khamir.org/home.html) for 4 years has been invited to run workshops on recycling and developpes products with thelocal craftsmen out of the ever increasingwastes.
KHAMIR(which means “intrinsic pride” in Kachchhi, the region’s dialect.) was founded in the aftermath of the 2001 earthquake, efforts to rebuild Kachchh fueled collaboration and turned local energy toward improving livelihoods and empower the creative industries in Kachchh,Gujarat. The newly built Khamir Crafts Resource Center islocated 10 kmfrom Bhuj, the capital ofthe desert. the center is a complex made out of mud, as traditionally done in Gujarat (for climatic reasons)combined with traditional carpentry work .