Pret-a-Porter LEDs in the Mountains of Mexico

October 20th, 2006 |
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BOSTON, MA, October 20, 2006 (PodTech News) – The Huichol Indians in Mexico have few options when it comes affordable, reliable lighting. Now, a Boston architect is at the forefront of a team of designers that wants to create lighting that the Huichol can — literally — wear. They are integrating Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs, into traditional Huichol garments and bags. PodTech’s Clark Boyd speaks with Sheila Kennedy, the woman spearheading the Portable Light Project.

Reporter’s Notes: I personally love stories that combine high-tech stuff like LEDs with low-tech (or high-art?) stuff like weaving. The Portable Light Project fits the bill. I’ve done enough reporting from the developing world to know that folks will always surprise you in the way they use new technologies. To see a working light snaking out of a traditional tassle is pretty cool. Right now, the Portable Light Project is running on donations. On their website, you can see more pictures and find out how to contribute.

– Clark Boyd

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