"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” - Brundtland report.
There is a growing need to replace non- renewable, non-degradable, and synthetic materials with renewable, biodegradable, and natural materials. The best way to bring about this change is to find innovative uses for agricultural waste. Banana trunk is a prime example of one such waste. In India, approximately 5 lakh tones of banana trunk are discarded as waste every year, after harvesting. Instead, we can extract fiber from those trunks, which has extensive uses in industries like textile, paper, and composite materials. India being one of the largest producers of banana there will be no dearth of raw materials. India is also home to a wide range of craft practices that can make use of these raw materials. These crafts have the potential to be developed by design intervention hence generating a steady source of income.
Indigo Blue was chosen as the key trend colour as most people during the market research felt it is a “colour that never runs out of style” . It is a striking statement colour associated with wisdom and honesty which enhances your environment. Like the dreamy ocean landscapes hidden from everyone but deep sea divers, this colour gives us a sense of tranquility and stability which is very restful. Indigo blends harmoniously with any colour scheme.
As a colour, “indigo adds a surprising, elegant strength. Indigo, is a blue dye that has captured the human imagination for thousands of years. This colour holds significance around the world for many indigenous cultures.
Psychologists believe that strong blues tones aid focused thought, whereas the lighter blue tones help calm the mind and aid restful sleep. Hence a combination of strong and light blue tones was used to maintain a balance.
The living room and bedroom for my customer segment are inarguably the most important rooms in the house. It is these spaces,which reflects the family’s tastes and we want it to be comfortable and welcoming. That is why, while designing for a particular customer segment; I plan on focusing on the living room and bedroom.While deciding on the décor of our houses, we often ponder or put a lot of thought into the kind of window coverings to be installed in our houses, to impart our homes the perfect look. Window blinds are gaining extreme popularity and form an integral part of home décor. They can be used in any rooms of the house such as the bathrooms, living room, kitchen and more. Discovering the natural beauty of banana bark blinds, aesthetically they invite the ‘natural’ world into your home with their natural texture and color. These shades are constructed from organic renewable resources including banana bark, cotton and cottonpolyester. The woven blinds, whether in panel shades or drapes,offer a warm and inviting atmosphere to any home.While I think it would be challenging to use banana bark, I can see the potential for these products to be marketable through the market research and feedback sessions conducted.Handwoven from sustainable natural fibers, the blinds are uniquely beautiful both in its design and in its stewardship to earth. Nature,with its abundance of beauty, provides the materials for these handwoven window coverings. Wind, water, sunlight and time produce the exquisite patterns and nuances of character found in each.
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