A computer engineer currently with a multi-national bank in Pune, Andrea hasn’t given up on her urge to constantly experiment with materials and fabric –a fact evident from the Snowflake cushion she created for ArtUmbrella this Christmas 2012. She also sketches portraits and caricatures.
Andrea Dsouza’s Denim Theory
When Andrea was told about Denim Theory 2013, she already had a plan and created the two bags within a week! Both bags – one Indian and other western, come from the same pant. “I put together similar concepts like how we belong to the same India yet religion gives us a different identity/ how we come from the same womb turn into different individuals; basically how the base is the same but the end can be dramatically opposite or unpredicted.”
Like most of us, Andrea feels bad to let go of a favourite pair of denim pants. “I come from a family that believes in giving – passing on old clothes and house accessories to people who are not so well off. Not just charity but also the thought to prolong the life of a material object before it is discarded into eco-‘unfriendliness’.” Since childhood, she has watched her mother regularly handing over a bag of such items to the church or an NGO for the same purpose. So when this opportunity to recreate denim came by, Andrea readily agreed to try this other route of recycling.
Andrea’s Denim Products:
- Indian Jhola – Created from the thigh region of a pant, this ethnic vertically long bag comes with an embroidered string and has a glittery floral pattern bearing a dash of diamante.
- Western Sling – Created from the lower portion of a bell-bottom pant and hence triangular in shape, it comes with a border in plaited thread and reused plastic flowers and chain.
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