Spun - Fibercycle
Spun was inititated at Welspun Global Brands Pvt. Ltd., in an endeavour to upcycle the waste generated at their factories.
The secondary aim of Spun was to create a model of income generation, for the villages around the factories., who had lost most of their livelihood after the year 2000 earthquake. The catch in the brief was, the product had to be handmade, as much as possible.
Fibercycle started with looking at cotton fiber waste generated at the spinning factory, amounting to many tonnes.
Waste fiber has a very short staple and a lot of dirt. Paper - the apparent option was delved into, keeping in tune with the cellulosic nature of the fiber. The project was to be very hands on, so every step had to be tried and tested to gauge its validity. The paper quality achieved was of a 220 GSM weight. The paper was then woven into fabric and also spun it back into yarn as another possibility.
Traditionally, the women in the villages are involved in spinning, weaving and embroidery.
Thus the second phase of the projects was spinning the waste back into yarn as a raw material. In collaboration with a master spinner, hand held carding and spinning machines (amber and bageshwari charkha) were recaliberated, to make it work for the short staple of the fiber.
The outcome of this was consistent textured yarn of a thick count. Local natural dyes were experimented with to add value to the yarns.
The yarn as the end product and raw material was sold back to the factory.
Hand Tufting rugs lent itself to the yarn count and added value to the hand made process. The yarns were further tweaked to work with the machine requirement.
Rugs and carpets were tufted as product exploration and successfully tested for yarn durability, colour fastness, etc. This project helped launch Spun internationally, as a handmade recycled project.
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