The history of Satranji is synonymous with the heritage of Bangladesh. Typically woven in the northern highlands of the country, primarily by tribal communities, Satranji is a part of the Bangladeshi legacy of handmade textile production -- a legacy that is slowly dying. The Satranji Project was begun as a means to pay homage to the heritage while reinventing it for the modern Bangladeshi life. The furniture series emerges from our commitment to contributing to local circular economies, beginning with the sustainable sourcing of recycled raw materials and aiming to celebrate and protect the art of weaving through everyday use objects.
While traditionally, jute and cotton are used while weaving, the series uses material from waste garments produced in textile factories that would otherwise pollute our waters. The sourced fabric is then woven into Satranji tapestries that make for comfortable upholstery.
The aim of The Satranji Project is to revive the heritage art of weaving by introducing it to our everyday lives while bringing sustainable practises. We are hoping to create impact in three folds; to help reduce waste from the rivers of the country and repurpose it as a raw material, to revive a dying art and recontexualize it into our everday lives, and to uplift minority communities in the highlands on Bangladesh.