Designers explore potential of jute composite

Cultural Correspondent/Monwarul Islam | Published at 09:42pm on November 05, 2016

An innovative use of jute composite in creating furniture and crafts can result in products of both fine quality and enduring value.

Under a Franco-German project, undertaken by Alliance Française de Dhaka and Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, eight local designers have worked on new designs of furniture made out of jute composite.

The project, titled ‘Jute and Composite, Tradition and Innovation,’ has been developed with the help of French designers Antoine Gripay, Quentin Mateus and Clément Renau. As part of it, there was a weeklong workshop conducted by the three and attended by eight winners of a design contest held in July.

Upon the workshop’s completion at Alliance Française de Dhaka on Friday, they met with the journalists at a press conference to share their experiences and titbits about the project.

‘What we are doing will result in furniture created through an innovative use of jute composite, and we hope these items will be popular among the people,’ said Antoine Gripay.

The team also showcased several fashionable stools made of jute.

Local designers also talked about their experiences of working under the project.

‘Jute materials are used for a variety of reasons in Bangladesh. But furniture made out of jute composite is a new phenomenon with immense potential,’ said Fahim Hasin Sahan, a student of architecture at the University of Asia Pacific.

He also said the workshop attendees had tried to imprint local cultural elements on the designs that they submitted in the workshop.

The French experts will work on those designs over the next few months and showcase the final products in an exhibition.

At the press conference, there were also talks about how jute composite can be used to produce other useable items such as boats, skating boards and so on.