Knit Tank is a project that connects designers with artisanal women in Kenya, Its mission is to open up the dialogue into the continued role and evolution of craft in society, and in the process provide additional economic opportunities for the women involved.
Set up in 2019 Knit Tank is located in Murang’a County, an area with a high unemployment rate. For many, the main livelihood is cultivation and cattle rearing, but climate changes are having an impact are having a major impact making it difficult to create a sustainable living forcing locals to seek alternative sources of income. And with a rich heritage craft has become an increasingly viable option. And this is where Knit Tank founder, Swiss-based textile and surface designer Margaret Waiyego Zollinger saw she could be of help by facilitating the teaching of modern design aesthetics to enhance the traditional techniques.
The Pindo Seating Pad is the Knit Tank’s first product. A stylish and comfortable fringed seat pad crocheted by Liz Wambui Mwangi, and Martha Wambui Ndungu 2 of the women involved in the project. The Pindo Seating is made with yarn sourced from recycled fabrics from the fashion industry.
For further information about the Pindo Seating Pad visit: https://studiomwz.ch/
[Image credits: The images shown belong to Knit Tank / Margaret Waiyego Zollinger. If downloaded and used elsewhere please credit accordingly.]