With the growing interests in environment awareness, bamboo has cropped as a green alternative to other woody raw materials. From soft bath towels to sturdy buildings and homes, bamboo is now being used for products in nearly every industry.
This project aimed to understand the indigenous crafts and traditional knowledge systems of bamboo production in India. With a contemporary vision it aimed to integrate local design industry and artisans’ skill-set in order to bring out innovative directions for future.
The project was completed in two parts-
1. Barpeta, Assam- This is where we started our research. We engaged ourselves with varied art and craft forms used by artisans in Barpeta. The project started with mapping the craft of a region called Barpeta, Assam with the help of the NGO, Raypur Jeewan Jyothi Rural Development Society.
What I took away from this immersive experience was that even though the artisan communities were immensely benefiting from the products they were producing, the quality, aesthetics and functionality of those products was really backward. Their products lacked newness and creativity as they were mainly just reproducing age old designs.
2. Wayanad, Kerala- This is where we completed the prototypes as they had more manpower and machines. With the help of Uravu, an NGO set up with the aim of rural empowerment through sustainable solutions, I was able to construct my furniture pieces with great satisfaction. This part of the country was way ahead than Barpeta in terms of infrastructure because of more funds and technology but the lack of latest designs was acting like a bottle neck to their economy.
Vision Statement- To change the perception of Indian bamboo products.
Design Direction- To play with bamboo and try to develop new tangibility and visual language in order to change the perception of the material. Having said that, I believe that impressions can only be transferred and enhanced only if a person sees a stark a difference between what has been available in the market for ages and what advancement is offered now. Thus, I created the Stasis Set.
The word stasis stands for counterbalance, tension, harmony and togetherness. This two piece outdoor furniture set is essentially a representation of such expressions. With a playful theme of tensegrity, I tried to test the limits of this green material and express my contemporary take on bamboo furniture.
Modelling Credits: Dhara Sheth Photography Credits: Urvika Chhabra