Textile project - Out of the Ordinary

Concept: Anna Heringer
Textile design: Veronika Lena, Anna Heringer
Technical design: Veronika Lena
Cooperationpartner in Bangladesh: Dipshikha (NGO for rural development) and women from the village Rudrapur and surrounding.

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In rural Bangladesh a woman gets one sari per year from her family on occation of the main Muslim or Hindu festival. When the saris are worn out, they are traditionally recycled into blankets: about six layers of those cotton saris are fixed together with hundres of stitches made by hand. Over the years with everday use, the surface layers of the blankets peel off and the hidden layers appear. The vibrant and incredible colourful textured surface is an imprint of its own little family cosmos. These textiles form the basis of this project.
In another recycling process through the excellent craftsmanship of many woman in and around the village of Rudrapur, these fabrics are turned into clothes in contemporary design.
For me this project is a spatial and urban intervention. The garment sector is dragging labour forces from the villages all around the country to the urban centers, mainly to the capital Dhaka. There the textile workers, most of them women, end up living in the crowded slums in unhumane conditions. A decentralized manufacturing process directly in the villages can dam up the continuing migration from rural to urban areas. It also enhances a more equally distributed economic and infrastructural development all over the country.
For our project this means, that woman in Rudrapur can stay with their families and within their social network, do their work in their own homes, they don`t have to pay for water or sanitation, get a fair salery, their kids can play with marbles and goats in a healthy environment.
Concept: Anna Heringer
Textile design: Veronika Lena, Anna Heringer
Technical design: Veronika Lena
Cooperationpartner in Bangladesh: Dipshikha (Non-formal Education, Training and Research Society for Village Development) and women from the village Rudrapur and surrounding.

Project start: December 2012
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