Wood, copper, leather, glass: these materials are all part of the new design-collection PICNIC by Meşteshukar ButiQ (MBQ), part of a Bucharest-based network of social enterprises that re-interprets traditional Roma crafts. Each of the materials stands for a different kind of traditional Roma craftsmanship and each item was produced in a different part of Romania. This PICNIC set is the tangible result of what the ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership has been trying to achieve: to support the development of social entrepreneurship and foster income generation activities as well as educational programmes for job creation at community level. The designs were developed in cooperation with two Austrian designers Nadja Zerunian and Peter Weisz (zerunianandweisz).
Since the founding of Meşteshukar ButiQ in 2012, it has continuously strived to bring a new vision to Roma craftsmanship and has succeeded in launching traditional products under a new design. The MBQ concept store located in the centre of Bucharest displays jewellery, objects for home decoration and fashion.
The ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership is an informal alliance of committed organisations that aims to sustainably improve the lives of Roma in Central and South Eastern Europe. It was created to enable and reinforce long-term collaboration between Roma and non-Roma.