Building Artisan Businesses
In order for the weavers to revive their business and save their tradition, they need to improve the consistency of their production and begin to train the next generation of artisans. In Varanasi, quality and production issues are not from lack of skill: weavers work from home, where the condition of the product is affected by the rain and heat. In order to integrate this historic tradition into our ever-changing global economy, Nest is working with the weavers to rethink, redesign, and redefine their craft in a way that is both groundbreaking as well as sustainable. Forming the backbone of this weaving revival is an altogether new type of workspace created by world-renowned architect David Adjaye. Nest is spearheading a community center built with respect to the local style of architecture, both blending in with and enhancing its surroundings. A carbon-negative workspace with solar power, green space and clean water. A building that includes separate workspace specifically for women, allowing them to assist in the preparation and finishing of the weaving process, as well as the opportunity to increase embroidery and other craft skills. Space for the provision of social services and health clinics, as well as for strengthening social ties between the Hindu and Muslim weavers, using craft as a way to promote mutual respect and understanding.