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CACAU

Interior Textile Design for Droog

 
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Work: interior Textile Design

Client: Droog Design

Location: CACAU, São Tomé

Date: 2016

Collaborators: Eliza Mante | Camilo Oliveira | Paolo Daio | Dário Pequeno Paraiso |  Weavers from São Tomé | Uê Tela

Pictures by: Dário Pequeno Paraiso

Droog is commissioned to redesign the CACAU cultural center in São Tomé. The aim is to contribute to a sustainable socio-economic infrastructure. Therefore 25 local women and men under guidance of textile designer Nikkie Wester were trained for 4 weeks to weave and dye banana fiber.

Together they are making the textile for the interior. After completion, they can use their newly learned skills for their own economic activities and other projects.

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workshop

During a intensive weaving course of one month, a community of around 25 men and women living on the island are being trained to weave the substantial textile. The newly learned skills and techniques hope to inject fresh economic activities into the community, as well as support the existing island-artisan activities.

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Materials

The curtain is made mainly out of banana fiber, coloured with local sourced dyes by the organization Uê Tela, who also handled the indigo dyeing of the warp yarn. 

 
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concept

The curtain offers CACAU the possibility to divide and/or open the space according to the needs of the center. It will ultimately represent the collective identity of the community, through the stitch of each individual.  The artwork is rich in personality and identity and combines visual references of São Tomé’s flora and fauna, made from local non-toxic dyes and materials found on the island (such as banana fiber and pigments from plants and minerals). A poem dear to São Tomé, written by Alda Espírito Santo will lace the bottom edge of the artwork, uniting the piece. The fundamental idea of the collaboration was to recycle and use as many local materials and waste items as possible to realize the project.