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Finger Elephant - leather souvenir for Istituto Oikos

The Terra project invites designers to create souvenirs in order to transform the leather, which today is a waste for the Maasai community, on an opportunity for redemption for women and the community itself. The shape is provided with two holes and, if it’s folded on itself, it represents an elephant, the animal symbol of Africa. The finger, passing through the two holes, creates the shape to create the trunk. The processing, which only consists of cutting the leather, is intuitive and it facilitates the production. A simple object that invites children and adults to play with fantasy and that represents hope and dignity for Maasai women.

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Paolo Stefano Gentile
Product Designer Milano, Italy