With exquisite bracelets made from recycled tyre inner tubes and imaginative bags made from mosquito nets, the collections available at www.paguro.co.uk are certain to turn heads.
Specialising in up-cycling, the innovative process of taking everyday materials to create beautiful objects, Paguro source products from two designers: Sapu and Smateria. Sapu is a collective of artisans in Salatiga, Indonesia. They have taken environmental concerns as their inspiration for turning unwanted materials, such as tyre inner tubes and plastic bags, into intricate bags and jewellery. Similarly, Smateria were inspired by the abundance of netting and plastic available on the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. When combined with their design expertise, these materials have been used to create an elegant range of bags and accessories.
The way in which the source materials are expertly re-imagined into beautiful items is truly inspiring. The aim of the e-shop is to share their inspirational creations with UK consumers.
Not only does the use of repurposed and recycled materials have a positive impact on the environment, the designers thrive on the challenge of using such difficult materials in desirable and elegant ways. The end results are unique, innovative and envelope-pushing designs.
Both designers share a vision: they see greater possibilities in materials which most of us consider to be functional and mundane. They use textural materials to produce tactile designs. They use vibrant colours to make their creations eye-catching and attention-grabbing. They seek durable materials to ensure that their designs have longevity.
When it comes to production, the challenge of the materials and the intricacy of the designs demands a high level of skill. Both designers use talented artisans to produce their pieces. This keeps the finishing of the final products high.
Both designers follow fair trade principles in their manufacturing. They are conscious of the environmental impact of their manufacturing processes and attempt to bring positive influences to the communities in which their products are made.
By sharing the story behind their creations, how they source their materials and the impact they are having on their local communities, Paguro are hoping to re-establish the connection between the consumer and the origins of their purchases, a connection which has become significantly blurred in the world of fast fashion.