Help us with the achievment of this human story which thread is the encounter of design, artcraft, and human exchanges in south America!


The project





TEJIDO is a research project about traditional weaving technics that will drive us to south America within a few months. During this trip our goal is to list the technics for hand-weaving and index paterns, shapes and materials. The result of this work will then be published in a book going with documentaries regarding the experience of exchanging with the people there.


As designers, we explore the possibility to trade skills and make connections between hand-work and open design. Travelling from place to place with a backpack to meet craftsmen from the Andes, we want to work with them in order to constitute a colection of textile samples, using a portative weaving loom that we've been making here thanks to laser cutting.


We will be leaving from Buenos Aires to see Asuncion, Sucre, Lima, Santiago with a few stops in communities and villages especially in the region of Sucre, Potosi and Salta (South Bolivia and North Argentina) where many weavers are leaving and working.


Tejido aims as well at the understanding of the ways this millenary artcraft is being handovered, as much as the place it takes up in the culture of these countries. This experience will also be the chance to get the possibilities of exchanges and mutual enrichment coming from a designer-craftman collaboration.

To sum up, we are in search of true human stories told within objects. Stories about craftsmen, stories about exchanges and common creation told within extracts of fabrics turning into records.


We will be transcripting the whole of this work in a book which will present a repertoire of shapes and patterns, an inventory of materials and a collection of testimonies, completed with filmed documentaries.  


We dream of bringing the project to completion, sharing with you all the steps of this adventure and invite you to discover weavings across the continent, as well as craftmen who make them, their work, their lives. We hope these exchanges to become the basis of a collective work that crosses artcraft and design.

For  the curious ones, interested ones, passionate ones and the ones keen on discoveries, you can follow us on our facebook page :



Why fund it?




The trip has already been completely financed with our own funds so the reason we ask for your help is that we need a proper equipment to be able to document the trip and then edit the book.

We own a Nikon camera to take the pictures but would need a lens much better and smaller than the one we have, which would cost a little less than 200 euros.


Then, for the shooting of the videos, considerating that this will be a « backpack trip », we thought of getting a GoPro camera which has this huge advantage of being very compact compared to the pictures quality we can obtain with it. Counting the camera itself is taking us up to around 400 euros.


And finally, we need to launch the publishing of the books once back, let's say, the printings and the post-production of the documentaries. For this last part of the budget we thought of a book size A5+, quadri, around 60 pages for 50 copies. This would cost 900 euros.


So the final, minimum budget would be 1500 euros. Of course, if we are lucky, overtaking this budget would allow us to buy accessories for the GoPro, to print even more books and communicate the work of craftmen even better. 






This project is an initiative of Irina Pentecouteau and Cécile Laporte. Both designers graduated from ISDAT with a master in design in 2013, and are working within the collective Ultra Ordinaire, supported by Duffau&associés. Their work deals with, especially in Ultra Ordinaire, questions about the use we make of new technologies to change consumption... See more

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On y croit ! Hâte de recevoir mon p'tit métier à tisser et de découvrir toutes vos aventures là bas !
Et voila Chaton, a fond avec vous dans ce projet. Mettez les glaçons au frais, on attend l'apéro dés votre retour... <3 Mélinda & Simon.
et voilà ! de la part de Mamie, Mireille et Christian gros bisous