May Your Rice Never Burn

The project « May Your Rice Never Burn* » considers the use of textile techniques (stringing, braiding, weaving, basketry ...) applied to rice straw to fight against coastal erosion and to foster the management of the coast's sand stock.

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How can the sharing of a traditional know-how reduce the environmental impact of local cultures and be a lever for the circular economy?

The rice agricultural waste represents a major environmental challenge in the Camargue. In order to reduce the pollution caused by the burning of rice straw, Atelier Luma studies the possible reuse of this materialto transform it into a resource.

Inspired by the artisanal uses of vegetal fibers, the research team envisions building protection and reinforcement devices of dunes and shores made of rice straw.

In the project, different environmental organizations in the region, scientists, farmers, weavers and other regional players will be united around the protection of the Camargue's landscape, thereby creating a local community committed to promoting a sustainable environment. Simultaneously, by connecting complementary local actors, this approach may have the effect of boosting the circular economy.

Besides its ecological and territorial dimensions, the project « May Your Rice Never Burn » has a social and educational ambition as it plans to set up learning workshops accessible to different social groups in the Camargue area.

*"May your rice never burn" is a vow of prosperity for the near future used in China and in Thailand. The title of the project is a reference to the Asian rural culture in which rice rope rituals are deeply rooted.

// Years of research : 2018/2019

Project team

  • Maria Vidagañ

    Artisan and Artist, Balikypopoy

    Valencia, Spain

  • Silvia Caballero

    Artisan and Artist, Balikypopoy

    Valencia, Spain

  • Estelle Jullian


    Valencia, Spain

  • Mathieu Menard

    Prototypist, Atelier Luma

    Arles, France

  • Henriëtte Waal

    Artistic / Research Director, Atelier Luma

    Arles, France

  • Emily Nirlo | Project Manager, Atelier Luma

    Arles, France


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