Products Made in Dimen Cooperative
Singing Hands in Dimen
In collaboration with Lee and the Dimen Dong Eco Museum, local artisans have started developing products that can be sold locally, in China and abroad under the label Singing Hands. Following the fair trade model, all profits go directly to the artisans who decide how to invest them in their community.
Rooted in local aesthetics, the products merge contemporary design with tradition. They are hand- crafted from local materials with utmost care, each piece getting an individualized treatment by the artisan as she reflects on the unique properties of the material. The fabric is handmade on a traditio-nal wooden loom and then hand-dyed with local plants following the traditional and often time-consuming procedures that have been passed down from mother to daughter for centuries.
As a result of the weaving and dyeing process, the fabric is very strong and durable. A subtle fragrance of herbs lingers in the fibers. As part of their tradition, the artisans use local sources, and reuse and recycle materials whenever possible.
The local artisans will eventually make sustainable living in the village as opposed to working on faraway factories, and at the same time retain their local identity in the increasingly global environment.
Actual products made by Dimen cooperative that re being sold at several test markets in the USA
Christmas Tree Ornament/Decoration
Flower-Belt Messenger Bag
Embroidered Multi-Purpose Bag
Flower Multi-Purpose Bag