Mink´a is the quechua word for “cooperative work”.
This simple, yet beautiful, vase is made combining three different traditional techniques (pottery, embossed foil and loom) with a modern aesthetic to encourage the artisans of the Peruvian community of Túcume to work together, and to explore the multiple results that can arise from their synergy rather than working in an isolated way.
Mink´a proposes a contemporary model of co-creation work, thinking of the craftman-designer as the main creator of value where artisan freedom, local identity, processes and materials are taken in consideration for a whole new world of possibilities.
Mink´a also opens the door to the possibility of building a virtual community. ARTucume is the proposed website development to enable the connection between costumers and artisans beyond the current face-to-face artisan/tourist system, letting the customer get involved in the design process and enabling the collaboration between artisans.
Summing up Mink´a is the triggering product and ARTucume the plataform to expand the idea. The two faces of one coin mint to promote and expand the activities of the artisans in Túcume, Perú.