Pulp and brass, and a handmade home, by Quazi Design
We are excited to unveil the Quazi Design collection in our online shop! An avant-garde design house in Swaziland, Quazi Design plays the magic of transforming paper pulp into stunning home decor and jewelry.
Even better, this founding member of Swaziland Fair Trade (SWIFT) is committed to ethical production and sustainable social impact. Local women go through skill training to become full time artisans that receive permanent contracts and a living wage - on average, each Quazi Design artisans has 7 dependents.
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With no written language, the Hmong people create intricate patterns on Batik textiles, and use them as story-telling devices.
The Nankeen dyeing technique, dating back 3,000 years, is native to China’s Jiangsu province. Known also as Lan Yin Hua Bu (蓝印花布) and Blue Calico, it’s still practiced traditionally today in a handful of small workshops. Using hand-cut paper screens, soybean paste thickened with lime, and natural indigo dye, artisans print contemporary versions of ancient patterns on locally-grown cottons and linens outside the city of Shanghai.