This project aims to address the issue of invasive water hyacinth in tropical areas, particularly in India, by utilizing the plant as a valuable resource for creating marketable goods. Water hyacinth will be transformed into fibers for handicrafts and artifacts, providing income opportunities for communities in Assam where water hyacinth is prevalent. The project emphasizes the creation of unique and sustainable products through innovative design and the utilization of natural fibers.
Partnering with the company Unisenze, the project combines research and local expertise to achieve meaningful outcomes. It begins with a comprehensive study of the global, national, and regional contexts of water hyacinth, and the history and livelihood practices in Assam. By analyzing the socio-economic status of artisans already working with water hyacinth, the project identifies opportunities to empower them and generate income through the creation of marketable products.
The project also explores the sound absorption capacity of water hyacinth fiber-woven surfaces, aiming to uncover their acoustic properties for potential eco-friendly soundproofing and noise reduction solutions. To ensure sustained growth, online platforms will be established to connect artisans directly with customers, locally and globally, promoting sustainable lifestyle choices.
Overall, this project showcases the potential of water hyacinth fiber as a sustainable resource for rural livelihoods and eco-friendly product development. By combining traditional craftsmanship, innovative design, and sustainability principles, it aims to create a marketplace where artisans can flourish, offering unique and environmentally conscious lifestyle accessories. The project strives to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive future, where natural resources are valued, artisans are empowered, and market demand drives eco-friendly solutions.