Woven Backpack:
Product design made with
a traditional weaving technique

Bachelor Thesis, 2013
Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts

Inspiration for Tuokko bag collection came from deep down
– from my childhood adventures in Finnish forests, mushroom
picking and growing up in scandinavian functionality.

I studied the technique of birch bark (basket) weaving
and designed and created a backpack with attachable pockets.
The pockets also function as additional compartments or separate
purses, and are sized to fit modern everyday objects like smartphones
and tablets. Easy and durable closure is created by using magnets
and snap fasteners. Material used is recycled leather remade
from factory leftovers.

I wanted to create a functional and aesthetic product which
would bring the traditional and historically important craft of
basket weaving into the present.

As a part of my thesis, I created a book
about the design process of Tuokko.
(Publication is in Finnish, sorry!)

Photos: Tommi Mustaniemi, Katja Mustaniemi
Model: Saara Varala

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email me at katja.mustaniemi@gmail.com for further inquiries.