The Hand-Weavers

Environments Studio 2:  Design for Interactions

2 Weeks | Spring 2020 


Design an experience that disturbs our preconceptions of scale


For this project, I looked at scale in terms of scales of influence, specifically how individual people's seemingly small actions can scale upwards in terms of their effects on society as a whole. While there are a lot of individuals that this lens could apply to, I specifically focused on craftspeople. 

I want to bring attention to smaller industries/cottage industries specifically to show how their story is still very strong and important. Additionally I want to help people see the importance of craftspeople on different scales, as it’s more than just an individual and their actions, it’s individuals that are creating a larger system with greater implications. Ideally this book starts as a conversation point about why the sustainment of these industries is important.


Procreate, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe After Effects 

Scales of Influence

I created a book or pamphlet, that specifically tells the stories of hand-weavers in India. The book serves to provide a window into the lives of these women, as well as show the different scales at which this industry holds influence. 

The book physically manifests as a series of illustrations focusing on a women, Devi. The different scales these illustrations depict are (from smallest to largest) the Individual, the Family, the Community, the Economy, and the Culture. 

The Interaction

I also designed the book to visually show the changing scales in the way that it unfolds. With each progressive scale shift, the image itself physically enlarges to show the changing scales through a physical motif as well. 

© 2020 by Mihika Bansal