Australian design brand Koskela has collaborated with indigenous artisans to make a series of hand-woven lights using locally harvested plant materials and natural dyes. The Ngalya lighting collection, which translates as “together”, was created in celebration of Koskela’s 10-year anniversary of working with Australia’s First Peoples in social impact projects. The project saw the brand work with aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander weavers from six art centres located across Australia to design a series of woven lampshades using native fibres, such as pandanus grass and bush string. As the colourful lamps are handmade by the weavers, each one is unique – a product of the individual artist’s interpretation. The Ngalya collection has been longlisted in the Dezeen Awards 2019 within the lighting design category. The lamps incorporate natural materials that have been used by Yolngu women for centuries to make objects for ceremonies, hunting and carrying goods. “Koskela came to us with the idea of doing our weaving on lampshades, and I thought it would be interesting to take our traditional Yolngu materials and use them on Balanda objects,” ...