Project nameDutch wife
UniversityDesign Academy Eindhoven
designed asMaster thesis
Year of graduation2017
The 'Dutch Wife' is an object which originated in the Dutch colony of Indonesia. The body-sized bolster cushion was originally made from bamboo mesh, and was used to keep the body cool while lying in bed in this tropical climate. The multi-layered story attached to this object, involving colonial history, gender politics, inequality, and also references to craftsmanship, was modified by the place in which it unfolded.