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Cristal de Luz, 2006–2013

This is a Project. It was designed by Maria Teresa Leal and produced by Coopa Roca. It is dated 2006–2013. Its medium is cotton, plastic, aluminum.

COOPA-ROCA is an artisanal cooperative founded by Maria Teresa Tetê Leal, known as TT, in Rocinha, a favela in Rio de Janeiro, The cooperative improves the lives of local women by increasing their earning ability through traditional craft production. For the Cristal de Luz light, the artisans make cotton and viscose crocheted covers over industrially produced white globes, reflecting the dexterity and skilled craftsmanship for which the cooperative is known. COOPA-ROCA seeks to build a self-sufficient business model that expands work opportunities to even more female artisans in the favela, and, through more products like this, endeavors to improve livelihoods in the favela.

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