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Silk-Skin City: A Women’s Cooperative Dedicated to Silk Crafts

Part 2 Project 2020
María Martínez
European University of Madrid | Spain
Silk-Skin City research shows architecture can redefine the role of Indian women in society. It is presented as a women’s textile cooperative, focused on transforming silkworm into saree, and as a strategy to recover an artisanal treasure. India is defined by deep poverty and social inequality in which girls and women play the most disadvantaged role. This problem is attributed to Neoliberalism, which also meant the growth of industry, and the gradual disappearance of textile tradition. Thus, Silk-Skin City was born in Varanasi, and will assemble all the ways of being women.

It is structured in events that define the production process: urban productive events, to revitalize degraded urban voids, and domestic events, that introduce the productive character into the domestic scale through a transportable device and a catalogue of solutions to improve the housing and climatic conditions. And all these connected by urban installations which supply urban needs. The materiality will bet on local and recycled in a constructive process that can be carried out by all women. So, Silk-Skin City draws a new productive, urban and social landscape, while teaching the city to be resilient to the monsoon and to build a healthier, freer and fairer society.

María Martínez

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