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A workshop on simple, handmade and sustainable objects, made in Thailand and Laos from local, natural materials. These objects, made after traditional designs, smartly utilize the properties of material in their method of making. For instance, the foldable stand, traditionally used as a wooden pillow to rest your head, is carved from one single piece of wood; the reed basket is extremely lightweight, sturdy and flexible, obtaining its functionality from the way reed strips are bent and assembled. Mario Gagliardi 2013.

The foldable stand is a traditional Thai design made from one single piece of wood, carved to create two interlocking parts.

The top of this very lightweight and sturdy reed basket opens by means of its flexible structure created from bent reed strips.

These maracas work by way of dried seeds encased in a dried fruit shell. They are attached to wooden handles and painted in fun colors.

These fans, made from brightly colored reed strips, display two distinct patterns on the front and the back.

woven fan

Southeast Asian cuisine often come with a side of fresh herbs. These traditional woven cups allow the herbs to dry and dissipate water to the bottom.

Woven plate covers in intricate designs protect food from flies and bugs while allowing for air circulation.

A basket plate

wooden spoons