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TAFA Members with Green Projects

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July 14, 2013

We have TAFA members with green projects that are just wonderful! It’s something I never tire of sharing on our social media platforms. Here are a few examples:


Tilonia’s mission:

Tilonia, takes its name from Tilonia, the small village in Rajasthan that is the home of the Barefoot College. Since 1972, the College has worked to improve the quality of life of the poorest of the poor, who make less than $1 a day. The Barefoot College trains the poorest of the poor to become “Barefoot” professionals who develop their own communities. These semi-literate women and men from poor rural communities become Barefoot solar engineers, water engineers, architects, teachers, midwives and paramedics creating their own solutions to meet basic needs for water, electricity, housing, health, education and income.

Working in conjunction with the Barefoot College, Friends of Tilonia, Inc. has developed Tilonia.com for the sale of handcrafted bedding, accessories and gift items produced by nearly 800 artisans in villages where the College and its affiliates operate. We are replicating this “Barefoot” model by developing Barefoot e-commerce managers who operate the web-based platform and online store, manage and sustain the enterprise, and enjoy the economic benefit of a successful business operation.

There are many videos on YouTube about both Tilonia women and the Barefoot College. I first learned about them through one of their patchwork videos and then went on to explore the Barefoot College’s training of solar engineers.  I was thrilled when Tilonia joined TAFA and believe that their model is something to be studied and replicated for anyone interested in training disadvantaged people.

Darn Good Yarn


Nicole Snow has done a phenomenal job of creating specialty yarns made out of recycled products in Nepal, fulfilling both a green mission and an economic development for the low-income families that she works with.  They sell recycled yarns made out of salvaged silk saris, newspaper, plastic shopping bags and more. Nicole makes it all fun with her contagious joyous spirit and upbeat presentation.

newspaper yarn

Recycled newspaper


Recycled silk sari yarn

Textile Gems

Fran Seigel and Andy Pastorino capture vintage textile remnants under layers of carefully polished acrylic in their jewelry:

A-MEX GP 2 @ 5x7-email

booth photo- cropped

Fran and Andy


Morna Crites-Moore/Wicked Waif

Morna recycles wool sweaters, making them into timeless folk art:

Doug's Flag 2001

mcm - flying geese

These are all very different approaches and examples to how recycled materials are being used by our members.  There are many, many more!  See our post on TAFA’s main site:  U is for Upcycled/Recycled! (What is the difference?)

This is a topic post in our Eco Group.

Feel free to share your green projects or others that you admire.


I've been working with the arts and craft world in many capacities since 1988. Handmade textiles have been my core focus since launching TAFA in 2010.

My hope is to contribute to the economic development potential the arts bring to the world, along with the intrinsic beauty shown in the work. May the world become a friendlier place for artists and nature!

Arrived in Kentucky after a childhood in Brazil, college in Minnesota and 20 years in Chicago. It's been a ride!


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    Hey Ray – Thanks for including pictures of my recycled sweater art! xo

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      You’re welcome!! 🙂

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