Kombucha tsugi: The Bag Edition

We are excited to share with you these five open patterns bags! They have served us in the Kombucha tsugi: the bag edition project where we asked two designers to create bag designs inspired by the values of the kombucha Applied Research Program (kARP): openness, inclusivity, and upcycling. This is what they came up with, we hope these patterns inspire you to copy, fork, and Care!

The kombucha tsugi concept derives from the art of kintsugi, an ancient japanese craft of repairing broken ceramics with gold so as to highlight its ephemeral qualities. Our previous experimentations and researches with kombucha and its novel craft have us think that it is a material – and a microbial community – that has such a tremendous potential for practicing and reflection on the care of objects, but also in the influence it can have on our ways to become socially, as the kombucha cultivation culture heavily relies on open source and peer support.

The patterns of the bags are free and open source, distributed under the CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence HERE, and below.
Feel free to copy and transform!

If you are interested in learning more about this material, kombucha pellicles (bacterial cellulose), you can explore our past and current projects, such as the Kombucha tsugi vest, the Machete boxes or the kombucha Fab City project (kFC), to name a few!

The Kombucha tsugi: the bag edition project was led by the design NGO thr34d5, with artistic direction and textile design expertise from Waèl el Allouche and Karen Huang. This research is supported by WORTH Partnership Project and is funded by COSME Programme of the European Union for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

See the project on the WORTH funding page.

thr34d5, 2021.