DAE. Eindhoven, 2019
A family of household items made from Russian traditional material - stinging nettle.
Russian traditional crafts were thriving throughout history, but this stopped with the dissolution of USSR and economic instability. Stinging Nettle is a weed that is widespread in Russia. It was a source for clothes, fishing nets, sailing ropes, traditional medicine, food. The craft that was passed down for generations is now slowly dying out. The idea is to create a new life for this material by making modern products and re-thinking production techniques.
Result is a variety of products from nettle, where you would use not just the fibre, but the thatch as well, which is usually thrown away. Pigments also come from the plant itself, so the whole plant is used for production.
Polina Baikina, Varvara Lazareva