Indigo community shines:
Natural dyeing, fibers, fabrics, smiling fiber artists
“Thailand’s Independent Newsletter” brings us a story of rich colors and smiles, royal visits and royal blues, and fiber arts bringing people and passioins together. The Wat Phrathat Prasit Community Enterprise, founded with support from Royal funding in 1978, has grown steadily over the years. It is enjoying faster growth these days due to the “organic” process, and the beautifully woven goods. What struck us was the power of dyeing and weaving to put a smile on so many folk’s faces, while also contributing to the economic health of a vibrant community!
Mixing Egyptian Cotton and… Trashed plastic bags?
We’ve posted on the very cool trend of “up-cycling” plastic bags by weaving – but this might be the most elegant implementation we’ve seen yet. These fine wares were born of the ideas of two young Egyptian designers, who were inspired to tackle Egypts enormous trash problem. They were also aware that Egypt was ripe for change beginning with the social movements of 2011. Now, with stores stocking the beautiful woven pieces in Cairo and London, the business is providing employment opportunities for a mix of men and women in bright spaces while reducing plastic bag input into land fills. Whoa!