Architect David Adjaye recently unveiled plans for a new solar-powered building for silk weavers in Varanasi, India. Clothing brand Maiyet partnered with non-profit organization Nest to commission the facility, which was designed to preserve the tradition and cultural treasures of the region. The daylit, open-space community center will provide locals with clean water, green energy and training.
Luxury clothing brand Maiyet has launched a strategic partnership with Nest – a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting artisan businesses – to promote sustainable business growth. Recognizing the unique qualities of Varanasi’s handwoven silks, the company aims to develop training programs and leadership development and use the new building as its first hub.
The building will include a separate workspace for women that provides a place to finish the weaving process and learn other craft skills. The building will also offer health clinics and social services to strengthen ties between Hindu and Muslim weavers. The carbon-negative workspace will feature solar panels, green spaces and clean water.