Leather scraps or souvenirs?
The TERRA project is the surprising intersection of NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, the Maasai communities from northern Tanzania and Istituto Oikos, a non-profit organization that promotes environmental conservation as a tool for socio-economic development.
A group of NABA design students, under the supervision of Claudio Larcher — director of design undergraduate program at the academy —, designed and produced a series of objects and souvenirs that can be realized with scraps of leather and without electricity, thus contributing to increase the income of Maasai people: in fact, they can easily make those pieces within the limited conditions they’re put in.
The project is a part of the integrated actions to increase resilience to the changes of pastoral communities in northern Tanzania and is aimed at the rediscovery of the traditional technique of natural tannery and the production of leather handicrafts.
Progress comes from charity.