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Pepe Heykoop’s Bamboo Lampshades Empower Mumbai Craftsmen
Posted By Morgana Matus On February 8, 2013 @ 1:00 pm In carousel showcase,Decorative Objects,Eco Textiles,Green Home decor,Green Lighting,Green Materials,Recycled Materials | No Comments
Assigning themselves the ambitious goal of pulling 700 people out of poverty by 2020, the group trains community members to make a series of high-end pieces for home decor . It is their hope that moving residents from “very poor” to “middle class” will allow them access to education and basic amenities.
Two bamboo  designs are available through Heykoop and Tiny Miracles that add a socially positive and attractive glow to your home. The Bamboo Diamond is a stack of bamboo sticks made by drop-out boys from the Pardeshi community. Never having learned to count when the project was started, the training process to make the Diamond required time to acquire the necessary math skills. Heykoop proudly relays that the boys can now handle 824 sticks of varying sizes.
The Copper Lampshades are created by lashing slices of bamboo together with recycled copper  wire. These pieces are constructed together with underprivileged women of Pardesh. Consisting of 13 sides, the women can take each piece home to work on while running the household at the same time and assemble them later.
Tiny Miracles collaborates with Prof Asha Rane, managing trustee of Hamara Foundation and former professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. Knowledgeable about street children, she helped to establish the Hamara Foundation  in 1989 and has since supported a number of projects, one of which was the inspiration for Heykoop’s mission. To see more of the Tiny Miracles line, including paper sculptures and women’s fashion by associated brand, Label 13 by Gigi and Marly , head over to the Tiny Miracles site .
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 recycled copper: http://inhabitat.com/recycled-materials
 Hamara Foundation: http://www.hamarafoundation.com/
 Label 13 by Gigi and Marly: http://www.tinymiracles.nl/the-work-projects/label-13-by-gigi-and-marly
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