The water hyacinth is a spongy tropical water weed commonly found in the rivers and lakes of Southeast Asia. It grows densely in clumps of some 8-10 stems, each measuring an average of 60-80cm in length.
Its spread in Thailand became so rapid that it clogged many of the country´s waterways, exacerbating pollution problems which required the government to spend large sums on its removal.
To incentivize villagers living along the rivers and lakes, and secure their active participation in clearing away the water hyacinth, required some innovative thinking. What if this weed – this nuisance – could be turned into a cash crop?
FINALLY, IN 1986, THE WATER HYACINTH WAS GIVEN A NEW LEASE ON LIFE AS AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY MATERIAL USED IN FURNITURE-MAKING.
Made by artists and master craftsmen, water hyacinth furniture is truly an object of art and beauty. Its aesthetic simplicity, delicate texture and natural look have drawn praise from interior designers and decorators the world over.
HEMP & COTTON FABRIC
WITH OUR PHILOSOPHY IN BRINGING INCOME TO VILLAGERS, AYODHYA SOURCE HEMP FABRIC FROM HILL TRIBE VILLAGERS IN NORTHERN THAILAND.
Hemp is one of the most eco-friendly, sustainable and versatile natural materials on earth. Not only does hemp provide food, medicine and fuel, its fiber is renowned for superior strength and durability, resistance to ultraviolet light and mold, and good water absorbency.
Taking the raw dried plants and softening the fibers, Hill Tribe villagers use their original technique to take the threads and weave them into this most amazing fabric, which can perfectly blend in AYODHYA´s contemporary home décor.
WITH A PLAYFUL IDEA OF OUR DESIGNER, AYODHYA WELCOMED A NEW ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MATERIAL TO OUR COLLECTION.
It is would flabbergast many to learn that it takes 75,000 trees to print the Sunday New York Times, and that almost 40% of global total waste is from paper. We can’t imagine how severely daily newspaper production impacts global warming. But taking action against global warming in a designer kind of way,
M.L. Pawinee Santisiri turned newsprint waste into contemporary art forms, creating elegant furniture that combines the casual touch of reused newspaper with the unique design of AYODHYA's home accessories.