A design program to elevate the standards of bamboo artisans in Cambodia.
Jagadha Sivan from World of Good has helped this project, as a very helpful research and resources advisor. She also introduces me to know many different organizations that work with artisans’ communities. Jessie McComb, a programs & new business coordinator from Aid to Artisans, teaches me the whole business process of an oversea design program. I’m also currently working with Heang Sarim, an executive director from Cambodian NTFP Development Organization (CAN-DO), which is an organization works with rural communities of Cambodia live. Bamboo artisans from this organization are actually experiencing my new designs.
Although the Kingdom of Cambodia is rich in natural resources, decades of war and internal conflict have left it one of the world’s poorest countries. The pressures of a fast-growing population contribute to poverty. Because of a lack of education and skills training, people have low capabilities and inadequate employment opportunities. The cycle of poverty, ill health, and high health care costs cripple poor Cambodian families economically.
The Cambodian bamboo artisans from CANDO are producing traditional woven baskets and cotton fabric for local markets. By analyzing the possibilities of the existing materials and craftsmanship, I’m designing a line of products that elevate their existing work into lighting fixtures. The new designs production is providing them a new w...