Scandinavian design studios team up for a textile collection with a good cause
With some governmental help, five Scandinavian design studios teamed up to provide a solution for an important social issue. The Nepal Project, headlined by Danish Menu, was developed in the framework of Danida, an activity by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. The programme is targeted at helping the women of Nepal, who are severely affected by trafficking: around 15 000 young girls are excluded from their families, sold to India and forced into prostitution each year. Ensuring a stable income that helps to maintain themselves and their families would be a plausible solution, and this is what designers also recognised.
Starting from the local facilities, Menu worked together with weaving women to produce a series of exclusive textile designs. Handweaving has a long-bearing tradition in the region and allows for excellent, high-quality work. By producing luxury items, young women have the means to connect themselves back to society while providing financial independence.
The project started back in 2014 with a field trip, and ends this October when the line goes on sale after its debut at Maison & Objet. From cashmere throws through canvas laundry bags to merino wool pillows, the collection features desigs by Norm Architects (dk), Afteroom (se), A Hint of Neon (dk), Note (se), and of course the project-leader Menu (dk).
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