Bamboo Spa Accessories
Design of bamboo spa and wellness products
Product and PCS Design
Skill and Capacity Building
Documentation and Dissemination
The assignment included the design and development of spa and wellness products, to be eventually produced by the Charilam Cluster in Tripura. The products were to be commercially viable, easy to produce with the existing skill level and infrastructure in the cluster, and comercially viable.
Activities included research on the target segment, skillassesment, raw material assesment, tool and technology assesment, design strategy, and prototyping in a training mode. As most of the craftspeople were being exposed to this product genre and specifically these designs for the first time,the training was to be conducted in-situ, at the time of the prototyping itself. Finally, product photography was done, and costing of the products as well as marketing linkages were made.
Design innovations included using textile cord to replace the dyed bamboo strips traditionally inserted into the weave to add colour. Using textile cord opens up the potential of using different textures and colurs to create occasion based packaging - such as brocade cord for festive occassions, or pink taffeta cord for baby girl favours, thus increasing the design and PCS scope for this cluster.
Local tea glasses were used for candles inside the bamboo baskets as they were easily available. Craftspeople and production teams were able to source them efficiently in terms of cost and time as compared to other alternatives. The tea glasses also gave a local flavour to the products.CLIENT