The Gina

The Gina

25.00

These small pouches are made from 100% recycled plastic. Have you ever wondered whatever happens to all of those plastic shopping bags?  ChuChu collects them, cleans them, and gives them to Ma Khine Oo to weave on a backstrap loom. It’s a wonderful collaboration with Ma Khine Oo designing the plastic woven plastic and ChuChu designing the finished products.

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  • Woven by Ma Khine Oo and Sewn by ChuChu
  • 100% Recycled Plastic and Cotton
  • Length 10.5" X 7" Height
  • Metal Snap
  • Made in Myanmar
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Meet the ChuChu makers! ChuChu is a workshop space located in Dala Township, on the southern bank of the Yangon River, across from downtown Yangon. Six families work there together and sell their crafts to locals and tourists visiting from Yangon. They work with recycled plastics to create new fabric, which they use to make purses, bags, and household goods. The artisans often work in the middle of the night when electricity is more reliable. Each member is a designer and their work continually evolves. As they forge new creations, new ideas are born and explored. This group of designers all consult one another in their work; each person has a voice in business decisions from designs to strategy. Together, they set the prices for their crafts and ensure their business is sustainable. The ChuChu workshop space is also made of recycled goods.

Meet the ChuChu makers! ChuChu is a workshop space located in Dala Township, on the southern bank of the Yangon River, across from downtown Yangon. Six families work there together and sell their crafts to locals and tourists visiting from Yangon. They work with recycled plastics to create new fabric, which they use to make purses, bags, and household goods. The artisans often work in the middle of the night when electricity is more reliable. Each member is a designer and their work continually evolves. As they forge new creations, new ideas are born and explored. This group of designers all consult one another in their work; each person has a voice in business decisions from designs to strategy. Together, they set the prices for their crafts and ensure their business is sustainable. The ChuChu workshop space is also made of recycled goods.

Ma Khine Oo is fast becoming Yangon’s only rockstar backstrap loom weaver. One of the very few Mro weavers in Yangon, she lives on the edge of town in a very small Mro settlement with her daughter. Ma Khine Oo, originally from Lanmadaw in Rakhine State, moved to the capital a half decade ago to work in the booming garment sector. Even though factory work was very demanding, Ma Khine Oo made time to weave and to pass on her skills to her daughter. Living so close to Bogyoke Market she is one of the rare weavers who is able to sell directly to retailers, with no middleman, she was able shop her weavings around and get the best prices. Her proximity, her speed, and her skill have since made her the goto weaver for Yangon commissions. As her reputation has grown, she has been able to garner higher prices, to retire from the garment factory, and to become a full-time weaver. We introduced her to ChuChu this summer and have ever since been continually amazed by their collaborative productions of woven recycled plastic bags and rugs.

Ma Khine Oo is fast becoming Yangon’s only rockstar backstrap loom weaver. One of the very few Mro weavers in Yangon, she lives on the edge of town in a very small Mro settlement with her daughter. Ma Khine Oo, originally from Lanmadaw in Rakhine State, moved to the capital a half decade ago to work in the booming garment sector. Even though factory work was very demanding, Ma Khine Oo made time to weave and to pass on her skills to her daughter. Living so close to Bogyoke Market she is one of the rare weavers who is able to sell directly to retailers, with no middleman, she was able shop her weavings around and get the best prices. Her proximity, her speed, and her skill have since made her the goto weaver for Yangon commissions. As her reputation has grown, she has been able to garner higher prices, to retire from the garment factory, and to become a full-time weaver. We introduced her to ChuChu this summer and have ever since been continually amazed by their collaborative productions of woven recycled plastic bags and rugs.