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Eric Benqué :
Tripura Bamboo Mission

State of Tripura, India.
August 2008

furniture cluster in Sankhala, West Tripura experimental armchair experimental armchair. back leg detail experimental armchair. detail of the tension mechanism. Basketry workshop, in Asha, Tripura experimental tableware experiments weaving details

This experiment takes place in a cluster development project initiated by IL&FS and the State of Tripura. This is about meeting the artisans and, observing first where they are, both technically and culturaly, try to imagine some furniture, and help them go different places.
The experimental armchair is a bamboo structure that holds two cotton padded cushions. A woven sleeve is then streched to maintain the different elements together. The tension can be adjusted with the side strings.
The sleeve is made out of sheetal patti, a localy grown grass, known fot its natural cooling and healing properties.

Basketry experiments were made during a one week workshop with artisan weavers, exploring new applications for their skill.