Made by me. Kiang Aitao, Doi Tung DP, Thailand
HANTVERK - Made by hand
HANTVERK, meaning handicraft in Swedish, is a collection of ceramics, baskets, textiles, and more – handmade by artisans in Thailand, India, Jordan and Romania. Inspired by Scandinavian design, each item tells the story of a successful collaboration, niftiness, great quality, and – if you listen closely enough – of life-changing new opportunities.
“The handmade qualities are revealed in the details, like in the seam from the mould that runs down the centre of the vase.”
Made by me. Kavitha Nagaraj, Industree, India
Made by collaboration
Each handmade banana fibre basket is the result of the joint efforts of IKEA and the Indian social entrepreneur Industree – and of the collaboration between the IKEA designers and the local artisans.
“Banana fibre is not only good for weaving baskets – it’s a sustainable choice since it’s what’s left after the banana harvest.”
Scandinavia goes Indian
The same Scandinavian expression that signifies the HANTVERK collection overall is true for the towel and the throw, with an added Indian touch.
“I sent a sketch to Rangsutra in India and when I got the prototype back it had two different kinds of lines instead of the one that I had in mind. I think the final products look even better because of it.”
Made by me. Abeer Almnajed, JRF, Jordan
Design that creates jobs
The mix of print and hand embroidery is what makes the HANTVERK cushion covers stand out. It’s also what makes it possible to produce affordable handmade products – giving IKEA a chance to be part of creating even more jobs for women artisans.
Give away a truly good bag
The mulberry trees that thrive on the mountain slopes in Northern Thailand aren’t only loved for their delicious and super nutritious fruit, the bark can be transformed into paper – which we in turn have made into unique and sustainable gift bags. The perfect alternative to wrapping paper, for just about all occasions.
Meet Indian basket weaver Kavitha Nagaraj.
What makes you feel at home?
By teaming up with social entrepreneurs across the world IKEA contributes to creating jobs for people who need it, not least women – that way giving them a better chance of a life where they can feel properly at home.