Brass row material as chip and tube - Madagascar - esthéthique - Act From The Sofa

Recycled brass in Madagascar A project supporting the craftsmen who work on salvage metals. Jewelry finely crafted telling about distant worlds.

Usually the urge to purchase is due to simple and sometimes superficial reasons. Other times, though, there can be some peculiarities inducing us to choose a product rather than another one. Surely when the story of an object makes it to motivate and involve us, then buying that object means to support an idea, to get into a community.

Esthéthique is a sustainable design brand of fair trade which works together with Madagascar’s craftsmen, carrying out products that are capable to convey the values and problems of their country.

Until the 80’s no waste had been produced in Madagascar, apart from some broken and abandoned machineries, coming from abroad. The advent of supermarkets and of package products has since then generated, especially in the towns, a huge increase in waste, which at that time just as today, end up heaping and accumulating in certain areas of the towns, soon becoming enormous open sky dumps.

But nowadays, thanks to training courses and  sensitization campaigns, there are some craftsmen using waste as row materials to produce brand new objects. In time, in fact, many of them have specialized in recycling and working copper and brass, as they could easily recuperate these materials from the dumps among the components of household goods and motors. The majority of these craftsmen live in A., a little town which lies 50 km south of the capital city Antananarivo, a resort renowned for its particular sand that allows to produce the mould where to pour the fused metals.

Rakotonoely is one of the craftsmen who, through Esthéthique, could get a suitable workshop where to work as well as various training courses to improve his products. The whole jewelry working process is handmade, as well as the sand moulds where the fused metals are poured, which need to be redone, casting after casting.

  • Fomba Cuff bracelet

    Fomba Cuff bracelet

    Traditional handmade bracelet made with 100% recycled brass

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  • Tron Drop earrings

    Tron Drop earrings

    Hypoallergenic handmade earrings, 100% recycled brass

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  • Incas Necklace

    Incas Necklace

    Made from a mix of recycled brass beads in different shapes.

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If you feel curious to know all Rokotonoely’s masterpieces, you can discover them here.

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Chickpeas Hummus

Chickpeas hummus is a very ancient and traditional Middle East recipe. A delicious cream, of a delicate and aromatic flavour, with a bit of lemon acidity balancing its taste. It is mainly served as a hors d'oeuvre dish and a seasoning sauce, in the dugout pita bread, as well as on unleavened bread; excellent on the Indian chapati bread, too. To make the dish even more tasty, I suggest to add a sprinkling of paprika just before serving.

Ingredients:

250 gr of dried chickpeas
1 lemon
2 spoons of Thaina
2 cloves of garlic
Olive Oil
Parsley
Salt
Paprika

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