28 Apr '12, 11am

Reviving Rivers And Weaving Traditions In Nigeria

Reviving Rivers And Weaving Traditions In Nigeria

© Gert Baumbach . The work of rural Nigerian weavers on display at a gallery show in Berlin. The generations-old art of weaving is dying off in Angiama, an island town in rural Nigeria. So are the area's rivers and streams, which have become choked with invasive water hyacinth. Alafuro Sikoki 's design-driven project aims to help resuscitate them both. Nigerian industrial designer Sikoki returned to Angiama, her father's hometown, last year with a plan to use local villagers' valuable skills to turn the pesky hyacinth into a cash crop : a source of materials for lampshades, chairs, stools, and other household accessories. Poverty In Oil-Rich State Though Bayelsa State, where Angiana is located, sits in the heart of the oil- and gas-rich Niger Delta , its population largely lives in poverty, lacking even basic infrastructure. The area's once-plentiful wildlife is in decline...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/alaf...

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