The material is sourced in the woods around Brama Town or in surrounding communities, who will sell it to the weavers. After receiving the material, the weavers start by cutting it up. They do this by chipping it, meaning they will cut the material equally, before tearing it into pieces. The tearing is done in two parts – first, they will split it into broad pieces, and secondly, they split it into smaller sizes. The material then will need to dry in the sun for a minimum of 30 minutes, although in the wet season, the drying can take up to two or three days. Once the material is dry enough, the weavers will clean the material, and then they can finally start to weave their product.
The 1+1+1 design team designs each object, such as this lamp, together in an experimental collaboration. Each team designs its own version of the product, but it has to be made up of three parts. The parts are then mixed up into unpredictable combinations. A set of rules is agreed upon amongst the team, but no information is shared during the design process in order not to influence each other’s design work. 1+1+1 is a rare kind of collaboration with no compromises as each studio designs its objects according to their own philosophy.