Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tiskets Taskets these are Paper Baskets

Guy Lougashi is an Israeli designer who uses existing paper materials and reinvents them into art.
The baskets that he and his workers weave by hand at a Jewish-Arab factory in Baqa Al Garabia are created by using traditional basket weaving techniques, but with a twist.
They weave together paper instead of straw.
But that’s not all they do. The factory, which is part of the Shekulo Tov initiative weaves together wasted materials as it weaves together differing populations.
The baskets are each one of a kind since they’re entirely handmade (and thus have a low carbon footprint), and each basket has a slightly different size and shape.
To ensure the durability of the baskets, Lougashi dips the strips of paper in glue before weaving them and after the glue has dried he coats them with a lacquer to strengthen them even more.

From Green Prophet.

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