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Contemporary handmade textiles from India & Nepal

Sustainable Lighting from Brazil

Junco Pendants

Junco Pendants

Exhibiting recently in the House of Detention at Clerkenwell Design Week in London, we spotted these funky, tactile lights by Brazilian company Fellicia.

The lampshades are made with natural materials grown in Santa Luzia do Itanhy in the Sergipe region in northeastern Brazil.  Local materials such as piaçaba and dende are derived from palm leaves (often used in broom making), and junco from reeds.   Artisans use these materials and traditional methods to make the lampshades to designer Kelley White's specifications.

Junco Table lamp made from reeds

Junco Table lamp made from reeds

The combination of contemporary design and traditional production and materials is interesting enough, but what is also fascinating is the structure of the business.  The products were created as a result of a research project by IPTI which examined the traditional skills of local artisans using local materials and traditional handcrafted production.  The goal of the project was to promote social and economic inclusion of some of the lowest paid members of the community, much like the projects we have worked on with embroiderers in India and weavers in Nepal.

Tranca de Piaçaba pendant light

Tranca de Piaçaba pendant light

Part of Fellicia's profits go directly to the Association of Artisans of Santa Luzia do Itanhy and to the scientific research institution IPTI, creating a truly sustainable business model.

 

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