Bamboo crafts have been so long underestimated for they are commonly made in haste and low quality. People know bamboo for a short term, even disposable usage. An irony considering bamboo is our future green material.
Studio Dapur aims to cut the cycle by collaborating with the artisans in producing high quality artisanal bamboo. Making it higher in economic value so that the artisans are well paid. We are committed in giving back to the village by sharing 10% of our company. The profit will be accumulated to Financial Support, Livelihood Improvements, Research & Development, and Productivity Improvements.
Bamboo craftsmen are sure abundant in West Java. Yet, Pak Toto is one of a kind that we prefer to call him an artisan. Pak Toto has been working with bamboo for more than 30 years. He is highly experienced and skilled; invaluable to the bamboo craftsmanship skill inheritance.
Studio Dapur started the collaboration with Pak Toto, helped by his wife Bu Ecin, in 2016. We prototyped a few designs before finally launched at the end of 2016. The designs were developed to suit our artisans’ specialty in the village: weaving and lamination. By June 2018, we have collaborated with total of 12 artisans, both full-time and irregular.