MULTIFUNCTIONAL TEXTILES

OBJECTS THAT CAN BE TRANSFORMED

The project

BALTA BALTA creative group united few young and experienced artists in Lithuanian
textile design, who are using sources of nature. The brand aims to prove that it is possible to make a high quality products without harming the environment by exploring and making responsible choices in selecting materials, technologies, production processes, as well as caring for the environmental impact and labourer welfare. Of course we understand the consumers’ demands are driving change as well. They have the freedom and the power to change the world with their wallets and that is why we think educating consumers about environmental aspects of sustainable fashion is no less important than purchasing products that they feel good about.

Balta balta (Lithuania)

BALTA BALTA is company from a creative group of six young and experienced artists in Lithuanian textile design. The group offers handmade fashion and home textile products, and also teaches dyeing with vegetable dyes. All their products are based on environmentally friendly materials and principles. In 2016, the group opened a small boutique in the old town of Vilnius where they sell their products.  

Davis Licitis (Latvia)

DAVIS LICITIS founder and key artist of PAPER JAM, a company that creates design events. Davis graduated at the Art Academy of Latvia, Faculty of Design in 2003. Since then he has participated in various art projects, worked on film sets, events design etc. until he founded his own company in 2011. 

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

We found out about the Worth Project late enough since it was introduced to us only in September 2018. A practical workshop “International WORTH Partnership Program for Creative Businesses: Meeting with Program Experts” was organized at the Vilnius Chamber of Commerce, industry and Crafts and we were invited and participated here. It was an interesting event. After it we didn’t actually fixate the moment when we decided to participate in project. After a few days, while drinking tea in our studio, we already have been discussing about creating a collection of multifunctional things. From the first sight, these objects would seem simple, but actually they replace several items in everyday life.

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

The habit of having too many things and consuming excessively is a real issue for the environment. As textile artists, we often use our personal things with many purposes, sometimes even without thinking about it. A beautiful veil can suddenly become a tablecloth, a nice throw blanket becomes an improvised cloak. Meanwhile, in our homeland, this kind of resourcefulness is an old tradition. The same hand-woven fabric used to be passed from generation to generation and implemented a role of many different things – a cover, a tablecloth, a blanket, even a baby carrier. We thought that this kind of mindful approach could encourage people to reconsider their consumption habits and also inspire their creativity.

Since we have our own physical studio boutique, we realised that besides just selling our products, we also have to educate the society about sustainable manufacturing process, about sustainable design values. We try to demonstrate respect for the environment throughout every stage of luxury product creation by responsible choices in selecting materials, selecting technologies and hand made with traditional artisanal skills. We understand that sustainability in our collection at the same time is creative use of multifunctional products

We decided that every product in collection should contain at least one sustainability stage. While working on the project we found out that if we want to implement these ideas, all the prototypes must meet requirements of sustainability level. It affected the prices of our luxury products since they depend on the executed sustainability processes. On the other hand, it appeared to be easier to introduce the environmentally friendly manufacturing, as all products contain the same strategy.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

Our team made luxury multi-functional throws/wraps which are created for people to relax, that they could feel comfortable in their leisure time. High quality products are made using natural, high quality locally sourced materials that are transformed by the precise craftsmanship of skilled artisans. Innovative design allows to transform home textile products into wearable textiles and offers a creative way to encourage consumers to reduce their need for new items. It also educates the public about the values of sustainable design.

The tasks are raised for us in this project collection: to make products that do not have a seasonal feel, that one would not want to discard, but rather pass on from generation to generation. It is important to show that the artist’s touch makes the product unique, promotes the heritage of local traditions in contemporary fashion!

In the long run, we would like the product to become a “business card” for the company.

During the whole creative process, we faced many challenges. We had to visit almost every textile manufacturer in Lithuania, choose, try, and change different fabrics. One of the problems was that some of the factories refused to produce our chosen fabrics in the future, so we had to look for other possibilities. But as a result, we found even more interesting and exclusive fabrics for our collection.

Also, we needed some special pieces of cord fixing details for one of our products. We have researched both Lithuanian and foreign markets but have not found anything suitable for our purpose. Fortunately, during one of the eco design events, we met a Lithuanian designer group creating various products from old recycled skateboards. We discussed the matters and they have manufactured some really original pieces of hardware for us using this material.

THE COLLABORATION:

Collaboration with Latvian designer Davis Licitis went smoothly. From the very beginning he got involved into the creative process and really supported our ideas. He created a universal packaging design for us. The primary material was recycled eco paper, and it turned out beautifully.

However, when we tried to ship it from Latvia to Vilnius, it arrived all torn.

Without wasting much time in disappointment, we started to search for another material, which would meet our requirements – to be natural or recycled and durable enough. That is how Latvian lingerie factory LAUMA has joined us in this project. They have offered Davis their fabric scraps to sew bags from. It turned out that the waste of leftover fabrics is a big problem for their manufacturing, and they were happy that we wanted to reuse these scraps. Our unique bags display a QR code which provides all the information about the collection and introduces the plant dyeing process. We were excited by the whole collaboration process, since it always brings new ideas and possibilities, and especially unexpected solutions.

THE FUTURE:

Sadly, a big part of the further events, like Milan Design Fair or Lódz Design Festival, was interrupted by quarantine. We are looking forward to a possibility to participate in events again. Our key strategy is to expand our business activities over a period of time by entering into strategic collaboration with: boutiques selling similar items, not only Lithuanian design shops or art gallery boutiques. We also have plans of taking part in international fairs and exhibitions in order to promote our product and to find new customers and distributors. At present, our plans continue to be adjusted by quarantine and the general situation in the world. We are now focusing on the internet. We are trying to present our collection on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, upload it to our website, write a blog. We are also looking for online platforms and distributors who would like to sell our collection.

We believe in the products we create. We would really like to really expand our production while continuing to develop new products on this topic. In the future, we hope to find investors who would be interested in developing our product while maintaining high quality. By purchasing our products, the buyer will invest not only in aesthetic expression, but also in environmental friendliness of the product.

THE MESSAGE:

We were really pleased with the opportunities provided by this project. This project has shown very clearly the importance of collaboration in the creative process. Working with a partner has been extraordinarily successful in developing our sustainable product idea. The result was achieved through highly creative collaboration and discovering new opportunities. The mentor’s insights and very practical advice were very valuable to us. And the Worth project lectures and trainings provided unbelievably valuable and necessary knowledge. While it is a bit unfortunate that there are many plans now, we need to change because of the situation in the world. But on the other hand, we also look at this situation as new opportunities and continuity of cooperation.

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

The vase

The vase

Lumimóza

Lumimóza

3D metal panels

3D metal panels

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

The Vegan Sheep

The Vegan Sheep

Loom-State

Loom-State

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing

NO/thing

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Freskos

Freskos

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

SEISMIC GARMENT

SEISMIC GARMENT

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Kinematic handbag by RMATURA

Kinematic handbag by RMATURA

Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

BioChromatic

BioChromatic

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie

Beaggie

Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha TSUGI

Kombucha TSUGI

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

FreyZein

FreyZein

SILENCIO

SILENCIO

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Recontile

Recontile

Fashion Colada

Fashion Colada

SCALA

SCALA

New Matters

New Matters

Not 2 Forget

Not 2 Forget

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Biolea

Biolea

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space in Between

The Space in Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

Hi-LAMP

Hi-LAMP

Lucid

Lucid

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

Spell My Name

Spell My Name

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

Planned Space Pooling

Planned Space Pooling

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

PULSAR

PULSAR

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Multifunctional Textiles

Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

KICS

KICS

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Circular Bags

Circular Bags

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair