The Guyana Project is an initiative combining cultural, material and process research with design competencies and onsite manufacturing in a factory focused on sustainable and ecological manufacture in Guyana, South America. Eleven designers from the graduate program at Pratt Institute worked in close collaboration with artisans at the Liana Cane Factory and with the indigenous Wai Wai community to produce a new collection of products and furniture made from renewable and local non timber forest products. The project, organized by Pratt professor Rebecca Welz and Patty Johnson of North South Project is aimed at developing a partnership with the artisan workers, creating an exchange rather than a traditional model of manufacturing used by industrialized nations.

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