:: Specific Design Brief
PRODUCT DESIGN – TEXTILES KENYA
GENERIC DESIGN CONTEXT
All over the world, people have to carry a wide variety of equipment or
goods to carry out their jobs – the tools of their trade. Investigate the
problem of carrying equipment. Design and make a sustainable method of
carrying equipment or goods for the person or occupation of your choice.
SPECIFIC DESIGN BRIEF
In some areas of Kenya, many veterinary problems are dealt with by paravets
(similar to paramedics). Currently they travel by bicycle, carrying their
equipment in plastic sacks pushed into rucksacks. Design and make a textile
portable equipment carrier for a Kenyan paravet.
Paul Mande is a paravet in Mtoti Andei, Kenya. He was trained for his work by an
international charity, Practical Action. Although
their headquarters are in the UK, they have offices in Nairobi and regionally in
Kenya. Your first point of contact will be ITDG UK, who can provide answers to
many questions about the work of the paravets. Contact their Development
Education team by email ([email protected])
or by phone (01926-634441). They will contact Practical
Action East Africa if they are
unable to answer your query, and, if necessary, Paul Mande or one of his
colleagues can be contacted to give personal advice.
• Paul works in a community that depends on agriculture and livestock for their
survival. By producing a purpose built carrier you will help to sustain him, his
family and his community. Animal welfare is improved dramatically wherever
• Bags can be bought locally but are not purpose built nor are they made
locally. Most are made in China. Your bag could contribute to the local economy
if it can be made using local materials and local skills.
• Resources are scarce in rural Kenya. Designing and making a bag from recycled
materials would ensure that resources are not depleted unnecessarily.
If you decide
to work on this design brief, don't forget to consider the issues of
sustainability in the different phases of your designing and making.
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