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Desert Dust


Roni Yeheskel

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Maya Ben David

Transforming agricultural textile waste into local raw material

How can a weaving operation affect the perception of the value of a raw material derived from agricultural textile waste? Alternatively, how is it possible to develop a systemic vision for the treatment of agricultural textile waste, through design?

The project was born following a visit to the agricultural waste site in Hatzava, which is amazing in its dimensions and shocking in view of the amount of agricultural plastic stored there. When I enter the agricultural waste site as a textile designer, I gather information about pieces of materials, and look for the story embedded in them. The goal is to discover in the waste its potential to become a local raw material.
Here, for example: I unraveled a net against pests and turned it into a shetty and an evening sheath, from which I put a new two on the loom and to which I wove dahlia rope from in a way that produces a new and desirable textile object.

In the manual work of breaking down the waste into fibers, processing them into threads and fibers and organizing them into textiles whose value exceeds the value of the product from which they came, I miraculously highlight the virtues of kraft as a tool that enables learning about work and material in high resolution.

The object that represents these processes in the project is the woven sack. What can be measured with sacks? What do they contain - in and on them? How are they produced? What is the route of their journey?
A sack is a flat textile container that gets its outer shape every time it is filled with content. In this project the invalid content will get its value from new forms.

Inspired by the Dutch project The Linen Project, which aims to spread the knowledge of growing local linen and turning it into a raw material, in a methodology of learning through manual and community work, I propose to establish a textile factory at the waste site. A factory where the materials will be processed into raw materials and local products, and it will be an incubator for designers, artists, companies and members of the local community and other interested parties who will take part in the joint process of converting the waste into a local resource.

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Roni Yeheskel

Roni Yeheskel is a textile designer and lecturer in the Department of Textile Design, Shenkar College, where she graduated with a B.Des. In her works, also displayed in exhibitions, she identifies design opportunities and acts straddling the seam between disciplines and languages, such as craft and digital, material-surface-object, human and textile, design and society.

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