Monday, May 19, 2008

I have also cobbled together, with the help of my mother and her hand weaving loom, a first attempt at something to save Djenne from its plastic bag problem. Could we weave something out of the rubbish? I need to make new chairs for my new restaurant. They need to have seats…. and perhaps I could weave the fabric out of plastic bags? Hmmm..let’s see…


Blogger alanna rose said...

Great idea! In the US I've seen women crochet plastic bags into waterproof sleeping bags for the homeless, you can also iron layers of bags together to make sturdy bags, aprons, whatever.

1:39 AM  
Blogger toubab said...

Thanks for that Alanna! We will have a go, but it needs to look good and be desirable as a product, so it needs some work. there was a recent attempt in Djenne to do this very thing, I think by the peace corps. But the products were not desirable and didn't sell.
The Aga Khan foundation has a very good thing happening in \mopti and elsewhere- they by in old plastic bags by the kilo and they make paving bricks with them- very good and attractive ones. They don't yet hava a branch in Djenne, so perhaps I willl strat one- whatever we don't use we'll let the Aga Khan people buy..? I'll try when I get back.

7:49 AM  

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