the Grass that binds – Vetiver

I call Vetiver grass the eco steel! 

The roots of Vetiver grass have strength of 1/6 of mild steel.


Something as simple as grass and what could be the count of applications and environmental solutions it offers – somewhere around 10,000!! (see some here)

No, I am not joking or exaggerating!

I came to know about this wonderful grass when I did this post.

And there is some great news ?

The first ever National Workshop on the Vetiver System for Environmental Protection and Natural Disaster Management’ is going to be held from 21st to 23rd February 2008 at Cochin, Kerala, India. Overseas participants are welcome.

This workshop provides the means for low cost and immediate action using a proven and tested technology. It is of great importance for people who are looking to remedy many land and water resource problems relating to climate change, resource degradation and pollution.

Please check all the details about workshop here.


urban landscaping with vetiver (floating) in China

It is organized by The Vetiver Network International and India Vetiver Network.


handicrafts from vetiver made in Venezuela

Images via Vetiver Network International.

follow the wind

How would you like arrows for weathercocks – creating geometrical patterns on the outer walls of your house or your building!

This is Daikanyama Installation 2005 – Grand Prix Winning entry by Daisuke Ibano and Ryosuke Fujii

“Blowin’in the wind”


In order to perceive the traces of the wind, Daisuke Ibano and Ryosuke Fujii have filled a mesh screen installed on the wall of a building on the Sanno Institute of Management Daikanyama campus with a number of arrows. The arrows point in respective directions as the wind blows and rest in balance as the wind stops.

Continue reading follow the wind

a table for peace

If you are thinking of a rainbow,

not up above in the sky

but right here in your home;

think of Roel-Jan Elsinga and this rainbow table design by him!


Designer: roel-jan elsinga                                              rainbow table

                                                                        (laquered wood and metal)

                                                          (it is also called worldleader table)

If you are thinking of peace,

world leaders,

military interventions;

think of this rainbow table designed by roel!

If you think this table is symbolic

and iconic. Go ahead!

I think this one is a beautiful dream-y-one!

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