TAFA Members with Green Projects
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, 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.
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.
Recycled silk sari yarn
Fran Seigel and Andy Pastorino capture vintage textile remnants under layers of carefully polished acrylic in their jewelry:
Fran and Andy
Morna recycles wool sweaters, making them into timeless folk art:
These are all very different approaches and examples to how recycled materials are being used by our members. There are many, many more!
Feel free to share your green projects or others that you admire in the comments.
Check out our Upcycled Category on our sister site, Artizan Made!
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- Textile Artist, Workshops
Elena Ulyanova has a passion for eco and botanical dye processes and has taught her methods in many European countries. Originally from the Ukraine, she now lives in Poland. She sells upcycled garments and accessories that she dyes on Etsy.View Profile
- Artist, Organization
Silvia Piza-Tandlich has exhibited her work around the world and runs Galeria Octagono in Costa Rica. Community oriented, all of her work is made by hand, often inspired by themes drawn on from Latin American mythology.View Profile
Folt Bolt is Kriszta Kemény’s exceptional effort at promoting artists and the handmade community. She runs curated collections on her website and has developed an active and successful community through her Facebook page.View Profile
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