The rising concern about global warming and climate-change in the past few decades, made us all became quite familiar with the terms like eco-friendly, ecological, green or sustainable. These terms are applicable to all sorts of industries, products, services including art and culture. Yes, even art can be sustainable. In terms of art, we can find innovative ways to create an art that can benefit the environment in any possible way. Let's grab some understanding of sustainable and eco-friendly aspect of art.
Tiébélé village, in Burkina Faso, (a landlocked country) of West Africa is well known for its amazing traditional Gurunsi architecture and elaborately painted cob homes. It is inhabited by the ethnic groups of the Kassena and the Gurunsi people. The designs and patterns on the walls of Kaseena community houses are inspired by the earliest Paleolithic cave paintings based on sacred geometry, mystical symbols, and religious beliefs of the Kassena people. Find out more about it. It's one of its kind-
The famous "SANGANERI" hand-block printing is originated in the small town of "Sanganer",Jaipur. The art is known for its sober patterns, bright colors, and fine motifs mostly depicting the flora and fauna of Sanganer. Originally the Sanganer prints were always created with bright color patterns printed on white backgrounds. The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in its report on the Jaipur hand block printed textile cluster, has mentioned, "Shades of black come out best after washing the cloth in the waters of Sanganer. The motifs are mostly floral-based. Fine lines and intricate detailing are specialties of the Sanganeri style."
Piled up with harmful pigments and dyes, synthetic colors, synthetic fabrics, chemical washing and the abundant waste produced, the fashion industry is on the list of pollutants. But, Thankfully. There is a way out. There are brands following the Eco-Friendly approach of apparel making by mindful production practices. More use of natural materials, natural dyes, natural fibers, recycling waste, promoting handcrafted apparel makes their clothing labels bests suit for all the sustainability lovers out there. Here are 10 such sustainable brands for you to shop with -
Microbial dye is certainly a recent approach. A large number of different species of bacteria, yeast, mold and algae are used to produce pigments for economical dyes.