PET Lamp Colombia
PET Lamp Eperara-Siapidara is the very first collection from PET Lamp, a series of lamps that combine PET plastic bottles with natural fibres. It was conceived as a project emerged as the possibility to approach a global problem: PET plastic bottles, with a local activity, the basket weaving tradition.
Hand-made by Colombian artisans from the Cauca region, this collection shows the typical Colombian character in the colourful dyes used and the freshness of the paja tetera fibre.
PET Lamp is a unique product, so there could be changes regarding the patterns and colours of the lamps from the ones shown. It is part of the concept of the product itself this randomness regarding patterns and colours. The shapes of the lamps are standard on the contrary patterns and colours are chosen directly by the Colombian artisans, who apply their traditional drawings and pigments freely. This randomness allows them to imprint somehow their ancient cosmogony on the products.
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Colombia is the fourth most extensive country in South America and the only country to posses both a Pacific and a Caribbean coast. Colombia boasts an abundance of nature and is the second most bio-diversified country in the world. This natural wealth is found throughout its numerous humid and fluvial areas, Amazon jungle, Caribbean Savannah’s, Andean forests etc.
Through the association Artesanías de Colombia, an organism dedicated to the diffusion and preservation of the traditional crafts of Colombia, we had the opportunity to collaborate with groups of artisans from the Cauca region who had been displaced by guerrilla war to Bogota.
The Eperara-Siapidara are found in the littoral region of Cauca, a hot zone where the “Paja Tetera” palm tree is abundantly found. This is the source of the fibres for their traditional crafts which they die with locally found natural pigments.
In that first phase of the project we tried to give these artisans, who are found living in Bogota in very poor conditions, uprooted from their land and their culture, a livelihood thanks to their traditional knowledge.
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