Rattan in process 

 Research for Jewelry Collection

MANAVA, Cambodia

2020 

From December 2019 to February 2020 I was a volunteer at MANAVA,

a social enterprise that supports female artisans by creating exclusive artisanal rattan products. MANAVA provides artisans with a sustainable income, empowers their creativity and offers them a safe working environment, where their views and opinions matter.

In order to accelerate the process of translating sketches and ideas into tangible experiments by the weavers, the first weeks I have investigated the technique from beginning til end.

Cleaning and preparing the materials, making  the first connection and started weaving. After some trial and error, eventually I could make almost all experiments and tests myself. The moment that the directions were clear and important decisions of shape were made, I got to explain the designs to Baraing (the co-founder) and the weavers.

> Find the end result (so far only bracelets) at Jewelry Collection

© Rebekka Evers, 2020