Vast discarded fishing nets, littering the world’s oceans, have become a new threat to marine life, and a symbol of disregard for the environment. Yet in Brazil Nara Guichon is using such netting to fashion beautiful textiles, a transformation that carries a message of renewal, encouraging changes in behaviour and attitudes towards the natural world.

Modern industrial polyamide nets used by ocean-going fishing fleets can be up to a kilometre in length and 60 metres wide. If they are torn, or discarded at sea, they remain a threat to marine life, as the polyamide does not degrade. For Guichon, ...


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